Wall-E was one of six puppies found in a cage that was dumped outside the animal shelter in Sulphur, Okla., about a week ago. The dogs appeared to be very sick. Rather than bring them into the shelter, where other animals could have been exposed to their illness, officials decided the puppies would have to be put to sleep, according to KWTV, Channel 9 in Oklahoma City.
A veterinarian euthanized the puppies and declared each one dead. The bodies were put into a Dumpster, which was supposed to be emptied that very night. But the next morning, Animal Control Officer Scott Prall looked into the trash bin and saw a black and white pooch moving around.
"He was just as healthy as he could be," Prall told KWTV.
Dr. Amanda Kloski, of the local Arbuckle Veterinary Clinic, took him to her practice and checked him out. The 3-month-old pup is just fine and he's ready to go to a permanent home, she said.
Prall said he named the dog Wall-E, after the Pixar movie robot who was the last of his kind.
A Pennsylvania woman who heard Wall-E's story posted it on Facebook. The veterinary clinic has been flooded with calls from all over the country and Canada from people looking to adopt Wall-E.
"He needs a really special home because he's really special," Kloski said.
Meanwhile, advocates are trying to raise money for a bigger animal shelter for Sulphur and all of Marion County. Kloski and Prall both said that if the Sulphur shelter were bigger and better equipped, Wall-E's litter mates might have been saved.