Ann Arbor, MI (December 18, 2023) – A heart-wrenching discovery was made last Monday the 11th around 3:30 a.m. near Ypsilanti’s Leforge and Green Road: a tiny pup was found abandoned in a dumpster, still stuck inside her crate.

The pup, temporarily named “Frankie” is estimated to be approximately 10 months old and weighs a mere 5 pounds.

“We are deeply grateful for the compassionate person who not only alerted us to this distressing situation, but also took it upon himself to help this poor little gal right away,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO. “It takes a village to look out for the innocent, voiceless animals in our community.”

The dog, who is currently under HSHV’s care, appears to be in good health, but is still very scared and will need extra patience and love.  The joyful news is that Frankie already has an interested adopter ready to give her the loving home she deserves.

An investigation is underway, and anyone with information should call HSHV’s Cruelty Investigation line at 734-661-3512 or make a report a

Furthermore, as temperatures continue to drop, HSHV urges the public to remain alert and vigilant for instances of animal neglect or abuse.

“Sadly, animal homelessness and abuse are on the rise in our community and many others. But we are here 24/7 to rescue and protect those who need us most. For families looking for support, we are here,” says Hilgendorf, “with open arms and without judgement. We have a free pet food pantry, short-term housing and medical assistance for our furry loved ones in times of crisis. Our loving volunteers and staff are here both for the animals and their people.”

For more information about adoption of animals who are currently available (HSHV’s shelter is full currently and has a free adoption event happening now), or to report cruelty or neglect, please visit or call 734-662-5585. To donate to help animals in need, please go to




About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:

The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website ( and on our annual report (