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Garby and his human Michael Upchurch. (Jordan Kartholl/ The Star Press)
Andrew Walker, The (Muncie) Star Press
MUNCIE, Ind. - On Feb. 13, a 6-week-old puppy was thrown in a Muncie trash Toter 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 Michael Upchurch, who was working his trash route for the Muncie Sanitary District, happened to hear the puppy's cries, pulled his frozen, three-pound body out of the trash bag and rushed him to safety.
Two hundred thirty-two days - and about 20 pounds - later, that puppy, who has since been renamed Garby, is happy and thriving in his new home, where he has developed an unbreakable bond with his rescuer.
"This sounds weird, I know it does, but I think he realizes that he had a second chance, you know?" Upchurch said this week from the backyard of his home on North Mulberry Street in Muncie. "And he's taking full advantage of it."
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, such as USA Today, CNN, Huffington Post and Women's World magazine.
"It's been an adventure," Upchurch said. "We met so many nice people from all over the world. It's been an eye-opener."
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