Tiny Dog Rescued Seconds Before Being Crushed to Death in Landfill


 Zippy the dog is lucky to be alive after jumping into a dumpster in Dilles Bottom, Ohio. Nobody noticed him, even when that dumpster was picked up and hauled across the county to the APEX Landfill in St. Clairsville.

It was only as the crusher was coming down, that one man noticed a little furry head pop up from the trash.

Zippy is happy to be home after a his big adventure on Friday. This four-year-old Chihuahua-Poodle mix was in with a load of trash brought to the APEX Transfer station, and the crusher was running.

“Tiny little creature, getting into a dumpster with eight or nine mattresses, five or six couches, quite a few T-Vs, and being dumped in a receptacle, and living,” said Belmont County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hatfield. “This little guy was alive, down in the dumpster, sitting on the couch.” 

Zippy’s owner, Carl Underwood, said he was dumped from about 12 feet in the air and into the dumpster, before he was noticed at the last minute. He was spotted by a Valley Waste Systems employee who brought the load in. 

“He being the type of individual that he was, who is an outdoorsman and a pet lover, immediately jumped down into the container, and rescued the little dog, getting him out of all the debris,” Hatfield said.

Since Zippy wears an I.D. Tag, the man who saved him was able to call his family. The family said they’ll be keeping a closer eye on Zippy, who has a penchant for zipping out the door. 

“It ain’t the first time he disappeared from the house and came back.  He’s doing pretty good — I think he’s got ‘cat lives’ on him,” Underwood said. 

Hatfield said it was a miracle at Christmas, that a little dog like Zippy was saved in a giant dumpster full of all that debris. 

APEX officials urge people, especially in this season of packages and wrappings to keep an eye on pets at all times.

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