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Suspect Sought After Chihuahua Dumped In Garbage Bag In Westchester

The chihuahua that was found in a garbage bag in Elmsford. Photo Credit: SPCA of Westchester
The garbage bag Rue was found in. Photo Credit: SPCA of Westchester
The container Rue was found in. Photo Credit: SPCA of Westchester

Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate the person responsible for dumping a Chihuahua inside a tied-up garbage bag in a sealed closed container in Westchester.

The SPCA of Westchester issued an alert on Wednesday, May 5 following the discovery of the dog, which was located in Elmsford, officials said.

Employees from a local animal group in Elmsford noticed a blue plastic storage container at their front entrance at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, according to Lisa Bonanno-Spence, the Director of Development for the SPCA of Westchester.

Inside, the container, members of the SPCA found a small, brown, female Chihuahua, who has since been named Rue, who chewed and scratched her way through the bag, breaking some of her nails in the process, but avoiding suffocation.

Bonanno-Spence said that a camera captured someone leaving the container there at approximately 9:30 p.m. the day before on Wednesday, April 28.

The dog was trapped in the container for nearly 17 hours before being discovered and survived being abandoned. The SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement was called in and brought her back to the SPCA’s animal care campus where she received veterinary care and will be placed up for adoption.


“It’s inconceivable that someone could do something so cruel to an innocent animal and we can’t imagine how frightened Rue must have been,” Shannon Laukhuf, the Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester said.

“We are so grateful that she was found before it was too late and that she is now getting the love and care she needs at the SPCA of Westchester.” 

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