Dog found buried alive under trash in Gwinnett dumpster


A beagle was found this week buried alive under trash in a dumpster behind a Lilburn business.

Emily Goldstein’s neighbor was taking the trash out at work Thursday when he heard a strange whimpering noise coming from the dumpster. He didn’t know what it was, so he and a few coworkers started digging through the trash until they found the beagle, who Goldstein believes is between one and two years old.


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“He was buried under garbage and today was trash day, so he would have been crushed to death,” Goldstein said. Trash is typically crushed and compacted when collected.

The dog had no microchip or collar to identify him or his owner. The dog is housebroken, calm and affectionate, Goldstein said.

“He’s the sweetest thing in the world. I can’t understand who could do something like this,” Goldstein said. 

Goldstein and her neighbor, who was unavailable for comment, are waiting until Sunday to decide whether the dog will go to a shelter or rescue, or if they will try to find him a home themselves. They have also placed an online ad about the dog in hopes of finding its owner.

“I would love a happy ending for this baby,” Goldstein said. “Nobody deserves to be thrown away like trash.” 

If you are interested in adopting the dog, call Goldstein at 609-902-9282.


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