Puppy Gets Thrown Away and Saved By Garbage Man

We just love a happy ending. And thanks to Michael Upchurch, a garbage man in Indiana, a small pup now named Garby will live a long and safe life.

Upchurch was doing his rounds and picking up trash on Main Street. When he tipped one can into the trash he heard an indescribable sound, something resembling fear and whimpering. When he looked closer to inspect, he saw a small dog enclosed in a blue plastic bag. He ripped open the bag and freed Garby who barely had any energy to move.

Garbage Man Rescues Puppy Tossed In Trash

Upchurch took Garby inside the truck, turned the heat up in order to warm the dog. He took him to the sanitation department and gave him a warm bed and care. The puppy then spent the day at the animal shelter where he healed up nicely and was adopted by Upchurch and his wife.

Turns out, Garby’s previous owner believed the animal to be dead from parvo. Phil Peckinpaugh, the director of the animal shelter, spoke to the person who dumped the dog in the trash and said about the conversation, “Its blood sugar was so low that it had caused it to maybe pass out. She had the idea that the dog passed away because it wasn’t moving.” The dog had been starving, so was apparently not cared for at his previous home.

The story doesn’t end there for either party. Police are investigating the previous owner’s story, as sadly, she also threw away two other puppies who may or may not have been dead. Thankfully, Garby (we assume short for garbage) was found and rescued.

Watch the video to see Garby and his rescuer. Heartwarming indeed.

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Fi T.
Past Member 1 years ago

Treasure every precious life

Donna Leake Smith
donna Smith3 years ago

The previous owner should be charged.What if the other puppies were alive?!! Thank god for this young man.

Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

I don't believe the previous owner's story, that she "thought" that the puppies were dead.
She was only saying that to save her own ass. I hope that she has been prosecuted for animal abuse. She is a murderer.

Aurea Walker

Michael Upchurch is an angel! You can tell from the video that he is truly a very loving MAN! The story of the former keeper of Garby is what STINKS! She is the one who is true GARBAGE!

eloise bastille
barbie b4 years ago

thank you MR WONDERFUL!

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody4 years ago

Thanks Michael for investigating "the noise". you are a hero to this little angel. Hope something terrible happens to the former owner, she should own pets if she is going to starve them to death and then throw them in the garbage for "parvo"...evil troll

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K4 years ago

Unbelievable that someone "thought he was dead", stuffed him in a plastic bag and tossed him in the trash, and miraculous that Upchurch heard him. Garbage trucks are VERY noisy.

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

This was posted in February 2013. I'll bet he's a grown up happy baby. What a great rescue!! I'm hoping but I'll bet he's the apple of their eye.

Terrible people in this world and here's someone special.

TY,I never saw this article/story.

kelly stout
kelly s4 years ago

Well done Michael,thanks for saving the little pup.

Laura Onlyme
Laura Iansen4 years ago

the person who dumped the dog in the trash is "trash" and the man who found the dog is a real man. this story has a happy ending, fortunately :)