A puppy is recovering at an animal centre after being found inside a LITTER BIN at a park in sub-zero temperatures.
The shivering pooch was rescued by dog wardens after he was spotted peeking out from the metal bin at Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield, West Mids., on Friday (23/2).
It is unclear whether the terrier cross was cruelly dumped or is a stray which leapt into the bin to keep warm as temperatures plummeted.
The 18-month-old pup was taken to Birmingham Dogs Home where it was vaccinated, fed and given a warm bed.
His owner now has a week to come forward otherwise the centre will look to re-home him.
Community fundraiser Rachel Frost, from Birmingham’s Dogs Home, said: “He was found in the bin in Sutton Park at around 6am by wardens who check them each morning.
“It was freezing that night. It’s hard to say if he was dumped in the bin or took refuge from the cold because he could get in and out of the bin by himself.
“He was a bit scared, shivering and nervous when he reached us but I think he was grateful when the warden took him out.
“He had a bit of a sore belly I imagine because he had eaten some of the contents of the bin.
“He’s OK now and is a lovely young pup. He’s been keeping warm and he’s got a nice warm bed.”
Writing on Facebook, the charity said: “This little dog was found by Birmingham Dog Wardens early on Friday morning taking refuge in a park bin when temperatures plummeted over night.
“The dog wardens were made aware by an employee of Sutton Park and they arrived to find him still inside and shivering to keep warm.
“It is unknown if he was dumped in the bin or jumped in himself to keep warm – he was brought to us by the dog wardens where he was vaccinated, given a nice warm bed, food, water and lots of TLC.
“No microchip was found so no way of tracing his owners.”
Animal-lovers took to social media to share the image of the pooch peering out from the bin in a bid to track down its owner.
Mary Lennox Elizabeth Beetison-Cameron wrote: “Poor Baby I wish I had been in Sutton park and found him I would have taken him to vet to get scanned and the took him home. Thank you for saving-this sweetheart”
Colleen de Villiers added: “So very sad ! Poor baby ! I hope you find a new home quickly little darling !”
Rachel Rosenbaum said: “Thank goodness he was found. Sending this precious baby endless love and prayers.”
Rosemary Irwin-Chair put: “Beautiful boy. Thank you for saving him.”