Dog rescued from dumpster


MOGOTE — “I think that anyone looking at this picture of this dog who was thrown away into a dumpster is as disgusted as I am,” said Diana Hamilton, director of the Valley Humane League.

“We received a call from dispatch in the early, rainy morning of August 24th about a dog that some idiot had thrown into the dumpster at Twin Rivers Campground in Mogote. The dog didn’t get in there by herself; someone heaved her over the side and dropped her into the near empty dumpster. Thank goodness the camp managers found her huddled in the corner. They called dispatch who called VHL and I quickly drove to Mogote where the managers helped me climb into the dumpster and hand her over to them. 

“I put her in my car and drove her to a foster home where she can have her pups (any day now.) We named her Brilliance. She is the sweetest dog on earth and so happy to have food and water and a warm place to lie.”

“Brilliance” is in a nice place now after spending who knows how long in the dumpster.

Hamilton stressed that the Valley Humane League is available to help with dogs.  PLEASE, don’t dump dogs on country roads, at stop signs, at Walmart, and, yes, in dumpsters. Call the shelter at 589-3385 and share the problem.

“Let us see if we can help,” Hamilton said. “I have driven all over the Valley rescuing dogs. If you are in a position that you cannot take care of your dog, call us.”

The Valley Humane League is here to help dogs all over the Valley. The league’s expenses are astronomical, especially the vaccinations needed to give each dog. Those who can, please donate to help VHL help dogs such as “Brilliance.” Go to and use pay pal or send donations to the Valley Humane League 6414 Co. Rd. 107 S, Alamosa 81101.   

Valley Humane League is a nonprofit, no kill (struggling) shelter.

Captions: This sweet pregnant female dog, who is now known by her new name Brilliance, was rescued from a campground dumpster this week.

Valley Humane League Director Diana Hamilton is providing Brilliance a new life where she is cared for and loved. Photos courtesy of VHL