Puppy found near dumpster in Oshkosh

Surveillance photo of man in puppy case at an Oshkosh truck stop (Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Police Dept)

OSHKOSH - Oshkosh police say a puppy was abandoned, severely injured at a truck stop. Now police are looking for the man they say left the two-week old pup there with a broken pelvis.

The puppy was found at the Planeview Travel Plaza off Highway 41.

The dog is now in caring hands, but she had a rough journey here.

"What just a horrific way to dispose of an animal," commented Joni Geiger, executive director of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

An employee of the Planeview Travel Plaza found the dog, thrown a dumpster.

"She was taking the trash out and heard crying or screaming by the dumpster," Planeview manager Bob Lamore told FOX 11.

The employee walked behind a dumpster and found the puppy inside a bag of trash on the ground.

"They got it out of the bag, it was wrapped around it's neck, brought it inside. Very sad. It really was. This poor little girl! You know? He could've brought her into the store and said, 'I found it in the parking lot. Can you help it?'" said Lamore.

The employees then brought the dog to a local veterinary hospital.

Police say the travel plaza's security cameras may have caught the person responsible. Security video shows the man walking to the dumpster with a bag in his hand

"Walks behind the dumpster and he comes back out and he's empty handed," described Officer Joe Nichols.

Nichols told us the man was driving a maroon, Volvo semi truck.

"Animals are defenseless, for the most part. There's a lot of places you can take it. The Humane Society, number one," said Nichols, saying this is now an animal abuse investigation.

The Humane Society told us the employees at Planeview should be commended.

"They saved her life, you know, had she been out there for any length of time she would have died," said Geiger.

The two-week old pup was starving and had a broken pelvis when they found her.

"She is in pretty severe pain," Geiger explained.

The puppy will likely need surgery, but for now she has care and a name, Hazel.

"We thought that was a nice, strong name, because she's gonna need a lot of strength to get through this recovery. This is going to be a long haul for her," Geiger told FOX 11.

The owner of the Planeview has already offered to adopt Hazel.

The puppy is in the care of the Lakeside Animal Hospital, which works with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

If anyone has information about this subject, they are encouraged to contact the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700.