Skip to main content

'Scrappy' the pup doing well after being found in animal hospital's recycling bin

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Scrappy the puppy is on his way to a full recovery, three days after being found in a recycling dumpster behind a St. Paul animal hospital.

Wendy Granroos, the hospital manager at Scenic Hills Animal Hospital, found Scrappy and another puppy, who was probably a litter mate, in the bin Wednesday morning when she was depositing some cardboard, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The other pup was dead, and the surviving one was afraid and emaciated, and looked as though he'd been neglected.

Granroos and other staff at the hospital named the survivor Scrappy. They believe he's about 6-7 months old -- a mix of German shepherd and Australian shepherd.

Granroos said Scrappy has been "inhaling" food. He weighed 20 pounds on Wednesday and gained five pounds in just two days, she told the Pioneer Press. Normal weight is in the 30-35 pound range, according to a veterinarian.

The staff say they think the person who dumped the pups likely wanted them to be found, since they were left behind an animal hospital, WCCO reports. It's not clear how the other dog died, because it had no obvious injuries. But Granroos said it may have starved to death, according to the Pioneer Press.

People are already lining up to adopt Scrappy, according to City Pages, but he'll be staying at the animal hospital for a while longer until he gains some more weight and is up to date on his vaccinations.

St. Paul police are investigating the case, and are asking anyone who has information about the dogs to call 651-266-5740.

Next Up

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27

Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.

state patrol

Minnesota state trooper injured at crash scene on I-35

The trooper was in his squad when another vehicle struck.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: Man stole thousands from 3 Twin Cities banks

When he was arrested, police found a folding knife on him.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Here's what Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in his first press conference

The 40-year-old former Wall Street trader originally wanted to be an economics professor.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 7.35.37 AM

Puppy found suffering from multiple bullet wounds in Minnesota

Details in this story may be upsetting to some readers.

white-shepard-dog-wikimedia-commons-crop-resize

Dog dies after being found shot, left in ditch

Authorities are asking for help figuring out who did it.

Police: 1,300 animals found at alleged dogfighting site

The animals are being taken to emergency shelters.