Tiny chihuahua is rescued from Lawrence dumpster

Lawrence animal control officers rescued a tiny chihuahua from a dumpster Tuesday, officials said.

Oscar, who is 5 weeks old, was cold and scared when officers picked him up, said Rob Halpin, spokesman for MSPCA-Angell.

The dog was taken to a local animal hospital to be warmed up. Officers then brought him to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, said Halpin.


“He’s getting better every hour,” said Halpin. “He was a little wobbly when we got him, but he’s improving.”

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Oscar suffered head trauma, and weighs under 2 pounds, said Halpin.

Workers will monitor the dog at the animal hospital for the next few days. When he is ready, he will be brought to the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm facility in Methuen, where a foster parent will care for him, said Halpin.

“He was taken from his mother too quickly,” said Halpin. “He needs some tender love and care to emerge as an adult dog.”

After foster care, Oscar will be put up for adoption, said Halpin.


“It will be a while before he is ready,” said Halpin. “But he’s doing well.”

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