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Garbage truck driver in Montana finds a dog in his load; happy ending follows


It’s about 180 miles from Livingston to Great Falls — not far by Montana standards, but a pretty long ride when you’re making the trip in the back of a garbage truck.

That, somehow, is where a little white terrier named Cerb found himself.

It’s the second reported case in recent weeks of a dog being swept up and later discovered in a truck hauling waste. And like that Chihuahua in Maryland we told you about last month, this one has a happy ending, too.

The Great Falls Tribune reported that a driver for Montana Waste Systems looked through an observation window into the back of a truck and saw a dog, floating in the garbage, looking back at him.

The driver, Kyle Meier, was headed from the Livingston Transfer Station to the Great Falls Landfill. He stopped to let the dog out after spotting him.

Meier took the dog to the Great Falls Animal Shelter, where he was nicknamed Livingston — until a check of his microchip showed he was Cerb, short from Cerberus, and hailed from Livingston.

Sherry Morgan, an office clerk at the shelter, said Cerb was unharmed after his ride with the garbage.

After getting Cerb’s chip information, she contacted the Stafford Animal Shelter in Livingston and learned that Cerb’s owners had been looking for him for several days.

Gwen Strachen, the front desk manager at the Stafford shelter, contacted the owners, but they weren’t able to make the trip to Great Falls immediately.

Strachen said a call was put out to volunteers, and a couple headed that way offered to give Cerb a lift.

He’s now back home with his happy owners.