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Trucker rescued abandoned puppy with zip tie around neck, Arizona DPS says


The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) shone a spotlight on a semi truck driver who stopped to help an abused and abandoned puppy earlier this month.

On October 30, Arizona DPS shared a statement of thanks for a truck driver who rescued a puppy in a dire situation.

Officials say that on October 20, a trucker spotted the puppy abandoned on an I-10 exit ramp in Benson.

The puppy had a zip tie secured so tightly around her throat that her neck was swollen and her eyes were bloodshot.

The truck driver stopped and secured the puppy. He removed the zip tie from her neck and gave her water, staying with her until Trooper Iliana Magallanes arrived on the scene.

“Trooper Magallanes secured a spot for the puppy with Benson Animal Shelter, and made sure to keep her comfortable with a blanket and plenty of attention before transporting her there. After a checkup and treatment for a few medical issues, Benson Animal Shelter says the puppy is doing remarkably well and is in a foster home pending adoption,” Arizona DPS said.

“Great work by everyone who came together to help this pup! Thank you to the truck driver who stopped to save her, and to Benson Animal Shelter, Paws and Claws for ensuring she gets healthy and finds a good home,” Arizona DPS continued.


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