Puppy pulled from trash bag has new leash on life

MUNCIE, Ind. - A puppy that was near death when it was rescued from a Muncie trash container in February is thriving in its new home with the man who saved it.

The puppy was 6 weeks old when Michael Upchurch heard its faint cries while working his trash route. He pulled out the frozen 3-pound puppy and warmed it up before taking it to a veterinary clinic.

The dog became a local celebrity and was featured in USA Today and on CNN. It even has its own Facebook page with more than 4,500 likes.

The Star Press reports (http://indy.st/174OTXH ) the dog now weighs about 23 pounds and has been named Garby.

Upchurch says he can't imagine life without the puppy.

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