Fortunately for the dog named Mia, she was found by a kind sanitation worker who got her help right away.
Some people should never be allowed to have dogs just like a woman in Pennsylvania named Nicole Baker who discarded her dog in a trash can so that she could move in with her boyfriend in another state. Moving out of one's home is difficult but if you plan on giving up on your dog at least find them a good home or shelter. According to Ron Project, Baker reportedly had friends who had checked in on Mia asking Baker if she needed someone to take Mia into their home. What's confusing is that Baker refused their help and chose to throw the animal into the trash.
Fortunately for Mia, she was found by a good samaritan: sanitation worker Nathan Binne, who found her as he made his rounds gathering the trash. “It was shocking,” Binne told WTAE-TV, “to see an animal like that, and I just wanna make sure everything’s okay.” Mia was taken in by The Humane Society of Westmoreland who helped her get treatment. She had managed to gain at least 15 pounds while recovering at the organization's shelter. From a terrified, devastated dog she was turning into an active, healthy cheerful pooch again!
A new life, calls for a new name! Mia was adopted by a loving vet tech named Megan. The dog received a new name, Fawna, from Megan who worked hard to help the animal recover from any abandonment issues she might still have from her terrifying ordeal. As for Baker, she was tracked down by officials and charged. She was taken to court, where she pleaded guilty. Baker ended up having to pay a $620 fine, undergo a mental health evaluation, and complete community service. Fortunately for all dogs, Baker will not be allowed to adopt a dog in Pennsylvania anymore! Animal lovers couldn't be happier for the turn of events. One person wrote in the comments: That woman needs locking up for good. That poor dog must have been so frightened. Glad that she is now in a loving home. Another added: Fawna will be forever grateful. The most important thing is that she will be happy, joyous, and free. A third shared: Megan, you have stitched her beautiful heart back together by the everlasting love she has received from you. God Bless you both. She looks amazing! Many others were upset that the owner did not get a harsher punishment. One animal lover commented: So awesome that she's loved in a good home now but very disheartening that this piece of trash that did this is essentially only getting a slap on the wrist. Another agreed to add: I think that animal abuse should have more severe punishment and we should all work harder towards that goal. So happy that Fawna has a great home and love now. One can only hope that Karma is a "thing" and Nikki gets hers in the end.
While this incident took place in 2015, cruelty to animals is now a federal crime with the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) banning the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement, or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians." According to NPR the law also bans "animal crush videos," referring to any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording, or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty. The penalty for violating this law can include a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.