New York Daily News

Chihuahua left to die on the mend

- Thomas Tracy

A plucky Chihuahua abandoned by his heartless owner was found fighting to survive in a garbage bag sealed inside a plastic storage container in Westcheste­r county, authoritie­s said Wednesday.

The unwanted dog was dumped outside an animal rescue group’s headquarte­rs in Elmsford around 9:30 p.m. on April 28 — but workers didn’t notice the blue container until 2:30 p.m. the next day.

When they opened the container, the Chihuahua, now named Rue, had managed to chew and scratch her way out of the plastic bag — breaking some of her nails in the process — and was still gasping for air after at least 17 hours of confinemen­t.

Surveillan­ce video shows somebody dumping the dog outside the animal rescue group’s offices the previous day.

The SPCA of Westcheste­r took the pooch to their animal care campus, where she received medical attention.

Rue is expected to be put up for adoption soon, Shannon Laukhuf, executive director of the SPCA, of Westcheste­r said.

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