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Dogs found in Wichita dumpster now healthy, ready for new homes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.


Two dogs found last month in a dumpster have been recovering in foster homes and are ready to be adopted into permanent homes.

Boogie, a small brown mixed breed, and Bitsy, a black-and-tan miniature pinscher, were discovered Feb. 13 in a trash bin outside the Bread of Life food pantry in south Wichita. Animal control was called after volunteer worker Dolly Herbert spotted the brown dog, and officers found the min pin deeper in the trash.

The dogs were thin, hungry, dehydrated, cold and scared. No one knows how long they had been in the dumpster or how they got there.

The dogs have been putting on weight and are healthy now, said Curt Farrington of K-9 Karma Animal Advocates, a Wichita dog rescue and adoption group that is trying to find homes for the pair.

Bitsy was extremely dehydrated and spent a couple of days at a veterinary clinic, Farrington said. After she was reunited with Boogie at the Wichita Animal Shelter, the two dogs were released to K-9 Karma and placed in separate foster homes. The dogs, both females, will be spayed before adoption, Farrington said.

Boogie is a possible dachshund mix with short brown fur and white highlights. She is a sweet, friendly and active dog, about 2 years old, Farrington said. Bitsy, a min pin about 3 years old, “is still pretty timid but is not nipping” at people like she was when she was first rescued, Farrington said. “She’s not really trusting” of humans yet but is doing much better, he said.

Police had no leads as to who might have dumped the dogs, so Bitsy and Boogie were released to the rescue group from the Wichita Animal Shelter on Feb. 20, said Drew Bessey, supervisor at the shelter.

“There was no reason to hold them when we had a rescue willing to take them,” Bessey said. “Dogs do a lot better in a rescue than sitting in a shelter.”

For adoption information, e-mail karma@ksdogrescue.com or fill out an application at www.ksdogrescue.com.

Reach Diane McCartney at 316-268-6593 or dmccartney@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @dlmccartney.

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