Puppy found in dumpster with severe broken leg adopted; suspect arrested

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SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Sheriff's Department and animal control officials arrested a man accused of leaving a chihuahua mix puppy with a broken leg in a dumpster for several days.

Four-month-old Rocky runs around and enjoying life like any happy puppy would -- lucky to be alive.

On Feb. 25, Rocky was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex, buried under feet of garbage. The dog was dehydrated and suffering from a severe broken back leg.

"She was terrified. A little shut down," Animal Control Officer Rebecca Fenton said. "Probably had been eating the garbage that she was surrounded by. That's how she survived, but she was ill from that."

Veterinarians determined the leg had to be amputated.

Officials with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said 59-year-old Ronald Jones was charged with animal cruelty. Jones was identified through security footage.

Jones is accused of beating the dog and throwing it down a 3-story trash chute.

Rocky spent four days and four nights without any food or water.

The puppy got the name Rocky for enduring through the horrible experience. She's now receiving care from a foster facility and she's also getting a new home with Rebecca Fenton.

"Yes, my husband and I are adopting Rocky," Fenton said. "We have room in our household. We have one small dog now and we would love for her to have a sister and Rocky is gonna be Darla's sister."

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