Abused dog thrown away in trash can, Maltese mix finds loving home after recovery

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It has been a long road of recovery for a 2-year-old Maltese mix. The dog was thrown away in a garbage can and had been abused.

He was found in the garbage in an alley in Detroit on Sunday, March 9 near Grand River and Warwick. A concerned citizen heard whimpering coming from the trash can and reported it to the Michigan Humane Society. There is a $2500 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the person responsible for abusing the dog. You can call the MHS Cruelty Hotline at 313-872-3401.

For the past two months, the Michigan Humane Society has been caring for the pooch and nursing him back to health.

We're happy to report he has now found his forever home. Cindy Nelson Pouget adopted him on Wednesday April 16. His new family has named him 'Ricki', because he has a doggie sister now named 'Lucy' - the names are from the 'I love Lucy' show.

“Something was just pulling at my heart saying, ‘you need to go get this dog,’” said Nelson-Pouget. “The Michigan Humane Society has saved this little guy’s life and is saving a ton of animals’ lives.”

Watch the touching video below: