Employees heard whimpering and found an emaciated dog barely alive in a dumpster Monday behind Airotemp Heating and Cooling.
The dog has been named Grace and Tammy Langdon says she is truly amazing.
"She is just a big, loving sweetheart. She is just a big baby," said Langdon. "If you would have seen her the way we found her that day, she wasn't very far from being the end. That's for sure."
She was a pitiful sight Monday morning. Donna Stein says that's when two technicians rescued Grace from the dumpster. Stein say there was no way the dog could have gotten into or out of the dumpster on her own.
"She was dirty and greasy and all on her paws, they were just raw," said Stein. "She may have attempted to crawl out of the dumpster but you could see fur missing from malnutrition."
A nearby pet grooming business cleaned Grace up and a local vet tended to her injuries. Grace's story was front page news in the Sanford Herald Wednesday. Now, the phone at Airotemp hasn't stopped ringing with people wanting to help.
For now, Grace has her own office chair, and goes home with Langdon. They say it will be months before Grace is well enough to be adopted. But the 2-year-old mixed breed may have already found her home with the good Samaritans who rescued her.
"We are going to try and get her better. Make her happy. She has come a long way," said Langdon.
Grace now weighs around 35 pounds, which is about half her normal weight.