Kate Baumgartner, 22, was walking to church in Glen Carbon, IL, on Sunday when she heard a noise coming from a dumpster. She decided to investigate the barking noise, climbing into the dumpster in her Sunday's best. Inside, Kate found an 8-week-old puppy inside a trash bag.
"I did cry," said Kate, a student at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. "I didn't know what I was in for when I got in a dumpster, and there was a living animal, but I was in for a surprise!"
Her mother's neighbor is a veterinarian, so Kate took the puppy for a short checkup on Sunday morning. "I made it to the vet but didn't make it to church," Kate said.
Kate believes the puppy is a Shepherd-Boxer mix and plans to take her in for a full veterinarian checkup and shots, but from the puppy's first assessment by the neighbor, more medical care may be required. The neighbor suspects that the puppy has bruised ribs and a tail that has been broken at least once.
Regardless of what condition the puppy is in, Kate is ready to provide whatever care the puppy, named Layla, may need.