Sick Dog Thrown In A Trash Pile Discovered Completely By Chance

A seriously ill dog was thrown out at a garbage dump because her owner didn’t want to pay her vet bills – that’s what an RSPCA suspects after the emaciated dog was discovered by two men in the trash heap.

The men accidentally came across the 18-month-old Saluki when their vehicle broke down near to the dump in Thurrock, England.

Trash heap where Penny was found. Photo: RSPCA

“They had walked up to the area near a huge pile of fly-tipped rubbish so they would be safer off of the lane – and that’s when they spotted a brown and white dog curled up amongst the rubbish and in need of help,” said RSPCA inspector Rebecca Benson.


Penny could not stand on her feet and could hardly lift her head. She was so far gone that she wouldn’t even take the water the men offered her. Knowing she needed medical intervention, the two men called the RSCPA and Inspector Benson came to the scene and rushed Penny to the vet.

Penny was immediately put on an IV and for the past few days and is being monitored, as the veterinarian says the dog may have some gastrointestinal problems.


Benson said that Penny is extremely lucky as she was not visible from the road and could easily have been missed and died alone in the heap of garbage.

“She wasn’t visible from the road and I hate to think what could have happened to her if they hadn’t broken down in the area and stumbled across her,” Benson said. “She must have had a guardian angel looking out for her.”

The RSPCA has put out the call for information as to who may have abandoned Penny, as she had no microchip or collar to help identify her.

“She’s literally been thrown out with the rubbish and was dumped at a location where she could have easily never have been found,” stated Benson. “To do something so cold and callous is just heartbreaking and I’d like to find out who is responsible.”


Penny is now recovering with the vet and is able to stand on her feet. They are hoping she gets better under the watchful and care of her rescuers after which she will be made available for adoption.

Anybody with information on who dumped Penny was urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.