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The sad tale: On Christmas Eve, little Miracle, then unnamed, was quite literally down in the dumps. An animal shelter worker in New York left the dog inside a dumpster, trapped in a cardboard box and several plastic bags. But demonstrating some dogged determination, she chewed her way out. Someone saw her in the dumpster, but by that point she was not responsive.

The happy ending: Miracle was returned to the animal shelter, and the worker who neglected her was charged. The pup was nursed back to health and put up for adoption in mid-January. The shelter will do meet-and-greets with the top candidates in early February.


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