Manchester sanitation workers save ferret from trash barrel
Emily Duval of the Manchester Animal Shelter holds a male ferret that was found in a trash barrel on Cartier Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
“He looks in remarkably good shape, but when he did come in he was scrounging down his food,” said Jamin Brooks, veterinary technician at the shelter.
“Someone put it in there. There was no way it got there by itself,” said Scott Gordon, the sanitation worker who first saw the ferret. “It was just laying there. It didn’t seem mean.”
Animal control officers believe the ferret climbed into the trash container, which contained compost material, said police Lt. Maureen Tessier. But she said authorities can’t rule out that it was dumped.
“At this point, the origin of the critter is unknown. It will be hard to trace unless someone comes forward,” Tessier said.
Greenglass said she doubts a ferret could crawl into a trash container. The hard plastic composition of a city trash barrel makes it difficult for any animal to manipulate, she said.
“Maybe he just got away from somebody. I’m not sure,” Greenglass said. She said the shelter is merely housing the animal at this point. If it gets approval from the animal control officer, it will put the animal up for adoption.
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