Injured puppy discovered alive in trash at Recology recycling facility

San Francisco Animal Care and Control/Bay City NewsThis 10-week-old puppy was found on a conveyor belt in a recycling facility on Friday.

San Francisco Animal Care and Control/Bay City NewsThis 10-week-old puppy was found on a conveyor belt in a recycling facility on Friday.

Workers at a San Francisco recycling facility found an injured 10-week-old puppy that had apparently been thrown away on Friday.

The tiny female puppy, an apricot-colored poodle nicknamed “Gem,” was found after being unloaded onto a conveyor belt at a Recology dump in a truckload of bottles, cans and other recyclables, according to San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

Gem, who was conscious and alert when she was found by workers, had numerous bite marks around her neck, head, and ears, according to the SFACC. She was also suffering from lameness in her hind legs and had discharge in her eyes and ears.

Gem is expected to survive.

Veterinarians believe the puppy suffered most of her injuries before being thrown away.

Animal control officers released photos of Gem on Sunday and are asking for the public's help in finding out who owned her and how she ended up in a recycling truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact San Francisco Animal Care and Control at (415) 554-9400.

Bay Area NewsGemInjured puppyRecology

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Chelsea Hung, who owns Washington Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown with her mother, said the restaurant is only making about 30 percent of pre-pandemic revenues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chinatown’s slow recovery has business owners fearing for the future

Lack of outside visitors threatens to push neighborhood into ‘downward spiral’

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and members of the orchestra were thrilled to be back inside Davies Symphony Hall on May 6 in a program for first responders featuring string works by Jean Sibelius, George Walker, Carl Nielsen, Caroline Shaw and Edward Grieg. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Symphony)
SF Symphony makes joyful return to Davies Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts program for first responders and community leaders

Students in an after-school community hub move quickly through a social circle as they play a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parents scramble for ‘Summer Together’ spaces

City program offering free camps sees high demand, confusion over enrollment

Jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang is an instructor at Community Music Center in the Mission District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jon Jang composes bittersweet symphonies

Musician-activist’s works are steeped in civil rights history

Calfire (Shutterstock)
Wildfires burn around Northern California during first red flag weekend of the year

Firefighters around the region battled wildfires all day Saturday, starting less than… Continue reading

Most Read