Orange County

Orange County shelter seeks home for dog found abandoned in garbage can

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A dog found abandoned inside a trash can in Orange County is looking for a forever home.

The dog, named Panda by the Orange County Animal Services staff, was rescued by officers last week and is now up for adoption.


The shelter said the pup had been inside the can for at least a day, maybe longer.

“This is a dog that may have been dumped, or may have been born on the streets,” shelter officials said on social media. “She is heavily scarred and thin, but she has shown no aggression towards anyone or anything. She seeks out affection, and leans into every touch. We know once she recovers fully, she is going to be an absolutely amazing family pet.”

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The shelter said a foster family will house Panda for the Thanksgiving holidays, but she still needs a forever home.

“When she was found, she was shaking from the cold, starving, and hurt,” shelter officials said. “We’re hoping to erase those memories, and rewrite her story. We’re hoping that Panda will get to spend this Christmas safe and warm inside her own home.”

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If you are interested in adopting Panda, you can email to connect with her foster family to learn more about her.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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