Dog left in dumpster finds new home

Gus, a dog abandoned in a dumpster in March, has found a new owner and home. (WLFI Photo)
Gus, a dog abandoned in a dumpster in March, has found a new owner and home. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A dog abandoned in a dumpster in Lafayette has found a new home.

Gus the pit bull was found by Lafayette Animal Control in March. He was then taken to Almost Home Humane Society.

Almost Home discovered Gus was suffering from mange, along with a few other ailments. Gus was treated at Purdue University’s Small Animal Clinic where he made a full recovery.

That’s where Veterinary Medicine student Rachel Wiesen met Gus and volunteered to adopt him. Wiesen says Gus’ road to recovery was shaky at the start.

“He slept 24 hours a day. I had to wake him up to carry him outside to go to the bathroom. He wouldn’t even stand to go to the bathroom. I had to hand feed him. Nurse him back to health, basically,” Wiesen explained.

She said after that first month, he started to perk up. He started sleeping maybe 20 hours a day and started to explore more.

“He was still really scared. My dog helped him figure out what things were, and things are okay,” Wiesen said.

Almost Home manager Liz Stamper said there are many alternatives for people who can no longer care for their pet. To find out how you can assure your pet goes to a good home, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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