COLTON (CBS) — A Chihuahua puppy is now safe in the home of a foster family after being discovered dumped in a trash can Tuesday morning.
The male puppy, believed to be just a few weeks old, was found crying at the bottom of the trash bin by Maria Nelson’s daughter at the gas station where she works in Colton.
“She was inside working,” says Nelson. “And one of the customers heard the puppy crying.”
The woman called Nelson and asked her to pick up the puppy. Since Nelson’s home is already full of pets, she took the dog to the home of a friend, Cindy Lundgren.
“I’m a little disappointed that somebody would throw him in the garbage like a piece of trash,” says Lundgren.
The pup was still trembling and whimpering Wednesday night.
Lundgren took the dog to the vet to get all of his shots and he is now ready to be adopted.
“We have to hang on to him, legally, for three weeks,” says Lundgren. “We can choose to adopt him out to a good family.”
Lundgren’s six-year-old daughter Hailey wants to keep the puppy. “He’s little and he doesn’t want to be away from his family,” she says.
But Lundgren says it’s not an option since there are already four dogs and three cats in their home.
The cameras at the gas station did not capture images of the person who dumped the puppy, making it difficult for police to track them down.