Oct. 2, 2013
Muncie Sanitary District worker Mike Upchurch holds Garby in Muncie, Ind. On Feb. 13, Garbym then a 6-week-old puppy, was thrown in a Muncie trash bin and left to freeze and starve to death by his owner. Local veterinary officials estimated the dog had about two hours of life left before Upchurch, who was working his trash route, happened to hear the puppy's cries, pulled his frozen, three-pound body out of the trash bag and rushed him to safety. Over the past seven-plus months, Garby has become a local celebrity of sorts. His Facebook page has more than 4,500 likes; he was the unofficial master of ceremonies of Muncie's St. Patrick's Day Parade; and his story has been told by countless national media outlets.