UPDATE-2: Puppy rescued from trash; truck driver being sought - WBAY

UPDATE-2: Puppy rescued from trash; truck driver being sought

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Oshkosh - An injured puppy, less than 3 weeks old, was rescued from the garbage behind Planeview Travel Plaza in Oshkosh.

A worker says he heard whimpering as he dumped boxes, and found the puppy in a black plastic bag Thursday.

Planeview Travel Plaza provided surveillance photos of the suspect and his semi to Action 2 News.

Manager Bob Lamore says he followed this man on a number of surveillance cameras showing him enter the Planeview convenience store and purchase a few items at the register. Nearly and hour-and-a-half later, another employee heard an overheated puppy whimpering out back.

"Garbage there, and you have the bag in his hand, as he walks around behind and places it behind that Dumpster," Lamore said.

"I wanted to kill somebody. I can't believe people can do that," Planeview restaurant manager Mike Thorp said.

Thorp found the puppy in a black bag behind the Dumpster, just minutes before a garbage truck came through.

"It hurt. It was emotional. We all were," Lamore said. "Somebody that can do that to something so innocent is so wrong."

The puppy was initially treated at St. Bernard's Animal Hospital.

"It became apparent that I think she has an injury to her back end, which is causing the disfigurement, and I think pain, too," veterinarian Kim Everson said.

Dr. Everson tells Action 2 News the puppy is now in the custody of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. She says it's a lot of work caring for a puppy this young, especially because her condition continues to change, and the Humane Society can provide a higher level of care and prepare the puppy for eventual adoption.

"I think it's very fortunate that she was found. I think she has a pretty good chance," Everson said.

The Humane Society is calling the puppy Hazel.

Lamore hopes by releasing photos of the suspect and his truck, someone can help identify him. Global Conservation Group, an animal rights organization, announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Winnebago Countywide Crime Stoppers by calling (920) 231-8477 or texting "IGOTYA" and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
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