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Dog Discovered In Dumpster Finds Forever Home

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Minneapolis, MN-A young pup is adjusting to his new home after he was discovered  in a dumpster by a shelter worker.

"We just kind of fell in love with him. He’s just a sweet little guy,” said adopter Beth Shea.

With his new lease on life comes a new name.

"Well, Lenny's adjusting to his new house. And very happy," said Shea.

The German Shepherd/Husky mix is now named Lenny. He barely resembles the scrawny puppy left in a recycling dumpster two months ago.

"Emaciated, really emaciated, really, really fearful, really sad looking,” said shelter worker Wendy Granroos.

Granroos discovered the two 6-month-old puppies behind this animal hospital, but only one was still alive

"We're all pretty sure she did that deliberately so we would find them. So she had some good intentions to have them taken care off. It was just too little too late for one of them,” said Granroos.

47-year-old Anna Bertha Robole is now charged with animal cruelty for abusing two puppies and leaving them for dead.

"I mean the way that they were treated was horrible," said Granroos.

Treatment that left a scar on him both physically and emotionally.

"He was real timid and shy at first. He would hide under the table,” said Shea. "Physically, he was probably about 19 lbs. and now he's about 30 lbs."

According to the charges, Robole is accused putting duct tape around both dogs’ mouths so they wouldn't chew and wreck the carpet.

"It's very obvious that's what happened because he would not bark for a week or two. No matter what was going on around him he wouldn't bark. We didn't hear his voice," said Shea.

"I just don't know how you can look at a face like that and ever be mean to it," said Granroos.

Robole eventually told police that she he was having financial trouble and could no longer take care of the dogs.

She admitted to putting them in the dumpster in the hopes someone would find and save them,but denied abusing the animals.

"Then to just basically leave them for dead in a garbage bin is just incredibly sad. And i'm so glad that somebody stepped up to adopt the puppy that survived," said Ramsey County Prosecutor.

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