Neglected dog rescued from trash can

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society

SAN DIEGO – A dog is now in foster care and receiving treatment in Encinitas after he was found in a trash can.

The 1.5-year-old Shih Tzu, Hemingway, was rescued by a Department of Animal Services officer. He is now being treated at Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

“We don’t know if someone was trying to throw him away or if Hemingway climbed into the trash searching for food,” said Rancho Coastal Humane Society Medical Director Kathy Zerkle. “We’re continuing the treatment that began when he was at the County Animal Services shelter in Bonita.”

Hemingway, who has lost most of his fur, is being treated for bacterial and fungal skin infections and fleas, she said.

Zerkle said Hemingway has obviously been neglected for a long time.

“This much damage doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a week or a month. It’s been a long time since anyone cared for this dog.”

Hemingway is in foster care in a private home, Zerkle said.

Despite his physical condition, the dog is in good spirits, according to the humane society.

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