Pit bull puppy rescued from Dumpster is home; procedures to repair fractures went well

WATERLOO TWP, MI – The hardest part will be keeping him calm for the next four to six weeks.

Duffy, a pit bull puppy made famous this month when neighbors pulled him from a Jackson Dumpster, successfully came through surgery Thursday, his new owner, Patrick Murphy, said.

“They don’t have any doubt that he will be fine,” Murphy said of the staff at the Michigan State University veterinary hospital.

He said Duffy underwent procedures to fix his broken femur and a newly discovered fracture in his hip.

“The doctor was very confident on both of them,” Murphy said.

Murphy and his wife took Duffy home Friday night.

The puppy, now wearing a cone around his neck and a temporary brace on his leg, will have to go through rehabilitation.

He is to refrain from roughhousing with his siblings, three other dogs.

“That will be the hardest part,” Patrick Murphy said.

Murphy and his wife adopted Duffy after the Citizen Patriot published an article about residents on Third Street finding the puppy in a trash receptacle. He was contained in a duffel bag, with a belt around his neck and covered in what looked to be feces.

Jana Jamieson, a Third Street resident who first broke the news of the trashed puppy, said she started crying when she saw the Murphys had given Duffy a home.

She said she looked at the Citizen Patriot photographs of Duffy, taken at the Murphys' house in Waterloo Township.

“Every one of them, he was looking in the camera, looking right at me, saying, ‘thank you,’” Jamieson said.

He is another pit bull who got a good home, she said.

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