UPDATE | Puppy Trent celebrates first birthday

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Puppy Trent is turning one! The puppy, known affectionately on Facebook as "Trent the Dumpster Puppy", will celebrate Wednesday.

A birthday party will be held for the puppy who stole our hearts at 5:00 p.m. at Downtown Dog, located at 150 Lauren’s Street, in Aiken.

Trent was found in a dumpster behind an apartment complex last July. He was only 10 days old at the time.

Now, Trent is growing strong and thriving. He's even training to be a service dog and help others in need.

There will be plenty of cake and trets at Trent's party, so other dogs are welcome to "pawty on"!

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Puppy Trent, a dog rescued earlier this year from a dumpster at an apartment complex, is getting to be a big boy!

Trent was neutered last week at All God's Creatures Veterinary Hospital, according to his Facebook page.

Earlier this month, Trent's handlers posted to his page that he will be going to classes to become a service dog starting in January!

Talk about a comeback story! All of us at News 12 NBC 26 are proud of you Trent!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's been almost three weeks since Puppy Trent was rescued from a dumpster at an apartment complex. Trent's body was tied in a plastic bag and covered in maggots when Austin Stutzmen found him.

"It's kind of a big moment, I got to hold him already, he fell asleep in my arms like right away, and it feels like he's still comfortable with me even though this is my first time seeing him since the dumpster" said Stutzmen.

Stutzmen says he's amazed by how quickly Trent is recovering.

"He's a lot more lively because he had a lot of heavy breathing and was just laying there limp when I found him. He's been more active and just really happy today."

Although he's moving around, he still has a lot of recovering to do. The maggots in the dumpster ate into his brain, and the vet says he's showing signs of Lymphoedema, a condition that causes fluid retention and swelling.

Tiana O'Neill, owner of Garden City Pet, says she was touched by Puppy Trent and offered her store for the meet and greet. She's also donating 10-percent of all proceeds to Trent's medical bills.

"It's really terrible that someone could be without a soul would do that to a small animal, or any animal" said O'Neil.

Puppy Trent is not up for adoption at this time. Vets and Saving the Chain Dogs are focused on his recovery and medical bills right now.

Investigators are still looking for his abuser. There's a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Friday, July 14, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- Saving the Chains Dogs will have a Meet and Greet for Trent, the little puppy found in a dumpster with maggots.

The first Meet and Greet will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m Friday, July 21 at Downtown Dog, 150 Laurens St. SW Aiken, South Carolina. The second Meet and Greet will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the Garden City Pet, 361 Furys Ferry Road Martinez, Georgia.

As of right now, Trent is not up for adoption.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A puppy found in a dumpster behind an apartment complex continues improving, in a new update to the Save the Chain Dogs Facebook page.

His rescuers say that all of the maggots have died off, and Trent the Puppy is now eating good and he should be strong enough to go into surgery Friday to close up the eye that was eaten by the maggots.

Unfortunately, his doctor believes that he can only see a little with the eye he still has. His rescuers are also still unsure of his neurological issues.

Trent was found last Friday with maggots all over his body and he was fighting for his life. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information about the abuser.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A two-week-old puppy found in a dumpster behind an apartment complex is getting much better, according to a post on the page of his rescuers.

Save the Chain Dogs wrote in a Facebook post that Trent the Puppy is off IVs and taking medications by mouth. He will undergo eye surgery on Friday.

Trent was found Friday with maggots all over his body and he was fighting for his life. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information about the abuser.

Friday, July 7, 2017

11:18 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Gina Gonzalez got a call a few days ago about a two-week old puppy, now named Trent, who was barely breathing.

Gina Gonzalez, Dog Rescuer said, "You could tell the puppy was dying."

"You could hear the whines, but he was hardly moving, his skin soon as you went to move it it wasn't even budging, you could tell it was very anemic," said Gonzalez.

Someone found him in an apartment dumpster when they were taking out the trash.

Trent was found with maggots all over his body and he was fighting for his life.

Robin Mitchell, Founder of Saving the Chain Dogs said "It is a miracle that he's still alive."

Once Gonzalez heard about Trent she was immediately at his rescue.

"Five minutes after the post was made and i commented on it i get a phone call saying that this puppy pretty well is dying so at that moment i hurried up and took off went straight to the puppy and ended up at the apartment complex," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez rushed Trent to All God's Creatures Veterinary Hospital, because he was in such a bad condition.

He was seen by Dr. Scarlett Timmons.

Mitchell told News 12 that Timmons said it was one of the worst cases she has seen.

"He was extremely dehydrated, the maggots were eating him alive he did have some trauma to the head," said Mitchell.

So far they have been able to save Trent, but they were unable to save his right eye.

"We're still waiting for the hearing, were still waiting to see if his other eye is gonna be removed as well," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez and Mitchell are working with an attorney to find Trent's abuser and get Trent justice.

They are offering a reward for information about the abuser.

5:00 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local puppy is recovering after Saving the Chain Dogs responded to a Facebook post in which man's best friend was found in a dumpster with maggots in Charlestowne South Apartments.

Right now, the local animal group says the little boy puppy is still in critical condition. Wednesday evening, in fact, there was a blood transfusion done on him.

While he seemed to take the procedure rather well, yesterday, Thursday, there were tears rolling down his face.

On a Facebook post the group said the doctor gave them an update that they didn't want to hear.

"It's not what we wanted to hear," the group said in a Facebook post. " Trent has a long road ahead, but the next 24 hours are still critical. His blood levels are still low. But he did eat some today. He's on his IV fluids, but he still has maggots. They been flushing them out as much as possible."

The little puppy doesn't have an eye in the right socket, either. Right now, veterinarians are working to keep the left eye, and, a local attorney, who is working closely with the group, is tasked with finding the individual or individuals who placed the puppy in the dumpster.

For more information, concerned individuals can contact 706-250-1861, or they can visit the Facebook post, .