FAIRVIEW, Okla.- A garbage collector made a disturbing discovery Wednesday morning when he found his dog dead in a trash bin.
The pick-up was made outside of his veterinary clinic.
The Fairview City employee said he is not mad at the office and holds no ill will.
He said he just wants the way carcasses are disposed of to change.
Right now, after the vet clinic euthanizes an animal the city says it picks the body up within 30 minutes and takes it to a landfill.
It is how the body gets to the landfill that upsets Joe Collins.
Collins says his dog, Sweetie, ran away June 4th.
“She was an annoying little thing, but she was a good dog and she never hurt anybody,” Collins said.
Sweetie had run away before, but always returned home.
Two weeks after her most recent getaway, Collins made a gruesome discovery while on the job.
“I pick up trash for the City of Fairview and we were dumping the trash here at the vet clinic and she was in one of the trash cans,” Collins recalled.
He did not make the realization until after Sweetie and another dog were dumped in the truck.
“When I seen her I screamed oh my God that`s my dog,” Collins said.
Sickened, he took a photo.
He then removed Sweetie’s body and buried her.
“I understand her being euthanized because she was here for 11 days, but to find her in the trash can just thrown away like a piece of cardboard or something. That`s kind of bothersome,’ Collins said.
Now, Collins has been speaking with city officials proposing changes to prevent this from happening to other pet owners.
“They’re working on maybe passing an ordinance to where the dogs have to be bagged and then a special trailer come pick them up,” Collins explained. “They’re not just trash. They’re somebody’s animal and somebody cared about them.”
City Attorney Bryce Kennedy confirmed they are working on making changes.
In a statement he said in part “It is unfortunate to lose a pet. However, once the pet is lost it is the duty of its owner to use all reasonable means to ascertain the location of the pet.”
Unfortunately, Collins said he did not check with his vet this time around.
He said he called animal control and was told his dog had not been picked up.
The city said all calls are recorded and they could not find that call.