High four, Little Pete
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It wasn’t a very warm welcome to the world for this little fellow.
In the middle of a Melbourne winter, the newborn puppy was thrown into a dumpster, with his umbilical cord still attached. He may have been less than an hour old.
If it wasn’t for the keen ears of cleaner Peter Iglezakis, he might never have been noticed.
Peter, a cleaner, heard the puppy’s tiny whimpers. He and his colleagues burrowed into the filth of the dumpster to find the puppy, who has since been nicknamed Little Pete.
Little Pete had been wrapped up inside a doona, tied into a plastic bag, and left to die.
The puppy was given into the care of Julie Flint, who runs Melbourne Pet Ambulance.
“The chances of being in a Dumpmaster, tied in a plastic bag, cold, and newborn… it’s a miracle he actually survived,” Julie told The Project.
“There are so many rescue groups, shelters, myself… people (Pete’s owner) could have sought help from, to actually take him instead of dump him.”
Julie is now tending to Little Pete while continuing to run her pet ambulance service, which provides emergency care to household pets, injured strays, and wildlife.
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Meet Little Pete and his human friends on tonight’s Project!