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Injured puppy abandoned in trash bag in California

A driver found a severely injured puppy abandoned in a garbage bag on the side of a California road, officials said Monday.

A California Highway Patrol (CHP) sergeant brought the 4-month-old puppy, nicknamed Cheddar, to Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital for treatment on March 26, authorities said. Cheddar is underweight and shows signs of animal neglect and abuse.


Cheddar the puppy was found abandoned in California on March 26, 2023

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter thanked the driver who found Cheddar.

“Their actions, along with CHP Sgt., saved Cheddar’s life,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Authorities described the situation as a “horrific case of animal abuse.”

Cheddar’s medical expenses are expected to exceed $10,000. He is receiving emergency veterinary care at all times. People can donate to the Extra-Mile Fund to help Cheddar.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is working to find the person who abandoned the puppy. Officials noted that the dog was wearing a collar when found.


The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of Collar Cheddar wearing when he was found abandoned.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office

“This community will not tolerate animal abuse,” the animal shelter wrote on Facebook. “Please report animal abuse to the authorities.”

Anyone with information regarding Cheddar’s case can contact Sergeant Miyoshi at 831-454-7640.

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