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Veteran Discovers Puppy In A Backpack Abandoned In His Truck Bed

A Tampa, Florida puppy is lucky to be alive after spending anywhere from half an hour to 3 hours stuffed into a backpack that had been placed in the bed of U.S Air Force veteran Jerry Murray’s pickup truck while he was in a meeting.

Murray didn’t notice the backpack until he got home and heard a noise when he went to pull his briefcase out of his truck. The puppy’s head was poking out of a New York Yankees backpack stuffed with strips of newspaper. Murray told WFLA:

“He’s in there, he’s panting, and I see him and I’m like ‘what am I going to do?’ I gave him some water, gave him some food and let him relax a little bit, ’cause I’m sure he was traumatized from the ride.”

Murray and his wife already have 3 dogs and weren’t able to add a fourth, so they called Second Chance Friends Rescue Group in Plant City. The puppy, named Zeus, will be available for adoption through them after he’s cleared by a veterinarian. We’re so glad Murray found Zeus before it was too late!


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Written by Jennifer Nelson

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