Pringles, a little Yorkshire terrier with a severe head injury, was cruelly dumped in the garbage by her owner in Philadelphia. Little Pringles was rescued from the trash when a good Samaritan found her whimpering and looking sickly. The person immediately called for help. Unfortunately, even with the vet doing their best to save Pringles, she passed away from her injuries – but not before her story created a huge outcry. Her heartbreaking story has pushed for Pringles’s owners to be found and brought to justice for all the torture they inflicted on the poor dog.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received the distressing call regarding Pringles on Thursday. A fundraiser was started on Facebook by the SPCA for Pringles, and the message read, “A passersby had contacted ACCT Philly earlier in the morning when they heard rustling in the trashcan and suspected wildlife. Instead, the injured dog was found and the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team was contacted immediately for help. The dog…was found underneath trash inside of the can and appeared to have sustained trauma to her head.”
A small Yorkshire Terrier found inside a trash can in Philidelphia suffering from severe trauma has died, officials with the shelter where she died said. https://t.co/iUoWrAkje0
— KOLR10 KOZL (@kolr10kozl) October 8, 2019
Pringles was in critical condition when she was rushed to the Shelter Hospital at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters for immediate treatment. The SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team managed to track down the dog’s owner. They have also launched an investigation into the circumstances under which Pringles sustained her injuries and ended up in the trash. At the time, Nicole Wilson, Director of Humane Law Enforcement & Operations at the Pennsylvania SPCA spoke about Pringles’s “serious injuries.”
She said, “This dog had sustained serious injuries and instead of seeking help someone threw her away like she was a piece of trash. Thanks to a Good Samaritan who alerted authorities, we hope to give Pringles a second chance at the life she deserves,” whilst noting that Pringles was in a very “delicate state.”
The investigation is still ongoing, with charges pending. While that was being focused on, Pringles was deteriorating quickly. By Monday, the poor, sweet dog passed away. In another Facebook post, SPCA posted, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news that our sweet Pringles passed away yesterday.”
The post continued, “While we are all shattered by this, we hope that we can all find comfort in the fact that she did not die in a trash can scared and alone, but instead was surrounded by love, the best medical treatment available, and the support of so many in the city of Philadelphia and far beyond. The post also praised the fighting spirit of Pringles who, despite being discarded like a piece of trash but fought to be found despite her injuries. In the short time that we knew her, she captured the hearts of many and her fighting spirit encouraged us all that perhaps a miracle was possible and she would recover. That was not to be, and while today we mourn, we will keep fighting – for Pringles.”
The Pennsylvania SPCA is pleading for people with any information regarding the case to contact the Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Pringles’s fundraiser had collected $3,000.
Rest in peace sweet little Pringles. We hope the people responsible pay dearly for what they did to you.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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