A MAINTENANCE worker rescued a puppy from certain death after discovering it apparently dumped inside a roadside bin.
Jason Bloomfield received the ‘shock of his life’ when he made the surprising find on the A14 near Stowmarket on Wednesday afternoon.
The 40-year-old, who is a member of Mid Suffolk District Council’s A14 litter crew, has now given the dog – nicknamed Dusty – a home.
Mr Bloomfield, of Creeting Hills, revealed the discovery was ‘pure coincidence’ after a chance alteration was made to his team’s schedule.
He said: “We litter-pick the verges on the A14 but the weather was so bad that we decided to do a bin round and that was the last one on our route.
“Those bins are locked so I put the key in, opened the door and had the shock of my life.
“I saw something black jump up.”
Mr Bloomfield quickly shut the door of the bin, which is near the Creeting St Peter flyover, and called over his colleague, who helped him retrieve the dog.
He said: “He was just sitting there as calm as you like with his big brown eyes looking up at me.
“Everyone has called him Dusty because of where he was found.
“It almost looks like someone has just posted him through – like a letter box.
“There could have been anything in that bin and I really don’t know how long he had been there.
“He’s the sweetest little boy.”
They took him back to their yard before informing district bosses, who are trying to establish where Dusty came from.
However, the search will be difficult as he was not wearing a collar and has not been tagged with a microchip.
The pup is currently being looked after by Mr Bloomfield’s mum Brenda and was due to be taken to the vets yesterday.
If no-one comes forward to claim Dusty then he will go to Mr Bloomfield.
The district council is appealing for Dusty’s owner or anyone with information about how he ended up in the bin.
They are advised to contact the environmental health team on 08456 066067.