Garbage truck driver about to empty dumpster saves dog: “She could have been run over”

PETERSBURG, Virginia – The driver of a garbage truck was involved in an accident as he was about to empty a dumpster in Petersburg’s Old Town early Friday morning.

“As I walked over to the box and went to throw it away, a dog came out,” recalls Jermaine Jackson, who has worked for Waste Management for 26 years.

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The startling sight of Old Street left Jackson shaken as he had already lifted the dumpster and was about to empty its contents into his truck.

“It’s kinda sad because she’s sitting there with a sad face like get me out of here,” he said. “If I didn’t see her, she would be in the back of the truck right now or she could have run over.”

Jackson said he lowered the dumpster, got out of the truck and made sure the dog was friendly before releasing it.

“His tail started wagging,” he said.

Jermaine jackson


Jermaine jackson

Jackson built the dog a makeshift shelter nearby because it was raining heavily, and called Animal Control.

Unfortunately, they weren’t open yet, so the puppy ended up on Frances Verschuure’s porch a few blocks away.

“We got blankets, food, water and we called animal control,” Verschuure said. “So in the meantime, we just sat here with her. She was as nice as she could be.”

Françoise Verschuure


Françoise Verschuure

Animal control officers arrived to take care of the dog.

“They said she was full of milk and recently had puppies,” Verschuures said.

“We were happy to take her to another home. The animal control was as gentle and kind as they could be, and I hope she finds a good home!”

“She just had a good attitude, she just smiled, ‘Thank you, thank you for getting me out of here.'”

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Jackson was happy to save the dog, but doesn’t believe she got into the dumpster alone.

“I think someone threw her in there because where the dock is, it’s too small to jump on that dock,” he explained.

Jackson was saddened by the experience as there are so many people willing to take care of animals in need.

“I have two dogs myself and I could never think of throwing them in the trash just because I couldn’t take care of them,” he said. “You wouldn’t want nobody to throw you in the trash. If they couldn’t take care of you.”

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