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Today, Edgar, a two-year-old Maltese terrier with “a devilishly gruff and handsome face,” is enjoying his new life with guardian Cindy Nelson-Pouget. Sadly, however, this plucky canine may never have lived long enough to see her face, after being left for dead in a Detroit trash can in early March. According to the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), who later nursed Edgar back to health, a passerby heard whimpering sounds coming from a nearby alleyway.

Edgar was in a highly distressed state. A plastic bag had become twisted around his neck, and he had been forced to sit in his own urine for long enough to leave him with severe burns. He was also suffering from an upper respiratory infection.

In the video documenting Edgar’s rescue and recovery (above), MHS chief cruelty investigator Debby MacDonald says that she believes the dog had been kept confined in a small crate for a long period of time before someone had decided to simply throw him away.

Let’s take a look at some pictures of Edgar’s stunning recovery.

The man who found Edgar in the trash can was shocked to be greeted with this heartbreaking sight:

Dog Rescued from Trash Can Gains New Lease of Life! (VIDEO)
Michigan Humane Society

When the dog was brought in to MHS, he was extremely weak and unable to stand.

Dog Rescued from Trash Can Gains New Lease of Life! (VIDEO)
Michigan Humane Society

After a few weeks of care, he was strong enough to get on his feet.

Dog Rescued from Trash Can Gains New Lease of Life! (VIDEO)
Michigan Humane Society

He soon started to look just like a regular dog (with the cutest eyes in the world!)

Dog Rescued from Trash Can Gains New Lease of Life! (VIDEO)
Michigan Humane Society

As soon as Edgar laid eyes on future guardian Cindy Nelson-Pouget, it was love at first sight, and now they have a very happy life together!

Dog Rescued from Trash Can Gains New Lease of Life! (VIDEO)
Michigan Humane Society
 

To learn more about the Michigan Humane Society’s rescue efforts, check out the shelter’s website and Facebook!

Lead Image Source: Michigan Humane Society

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