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Dog found in carrier, in dumpster recovering well

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"Look who opened up his eyes today! Ace left the emergency vet hospital and will be moved into a foster home later this afternoon!" - KC Pet Project "Look who opened up his eyes today! Ace left the emergency vet hospital and will be moved into a foster home later this afternoon!" - KC Pet Project
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A small dog is a real fighter, after being found in a trash dumpster Friday.

New video sent in by the KC Pet Project shows Ace taking his first few cautious steps around his foster home's yard.

Tori Fugate, with the KC Pet Project, said a dog, who they suspect is 1 to 3 years old, was found behind the African-Centered College Preparatory Academy near Swope Parkway and East Meyer Boulevard.

Someone working on the construction of their new football stadium found the dog, who they affectionately named Ace, in a large carrier in a dumpster. He was brought to the shelter about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

They treated the dog for head trauma, which Fugate describes as a puncture wound on its head, and dehydration, but expect him to survive. Initial thought is that he was shot, but X-rays showed no bullet, and instead an injury caused by being hit in the head with something. Ace had a skull fracture, and emergency veterinarians had him on oxygen, to keep his brain swelling down.

In a Monday update, Fugate said Ace left the emergency veterinarian hospital that morning, and is now in the care of a private vet's office. His eyes have opened up, and he is starting to eat a bit when hand fed. He seems to be more alert Monday, but vets are still monitoring him closely.

"His eye is still twitching some, but we have him on some medications, to make that calm down a bit," Fugate said.

Ace then went to a foster who is very experienced with severe medical cases, Monday afternoon.

Ace's foster family said he is starting to eat wet food out of a bowl, and he is "prancing" around the house when he wakes up in the morning.

He did have a couple mild seizures, but was put on medication to help with those.

KC Pet Project acknowledged that they've had a lot of inquiries about adopting Ace. At this time he's unavailable for adoption, but they are keeping track of everyone who has shown interest in him.

Fugate said the costs they've put into his care have been significant, and they appreciate all donations and well wishes they've received.

Click here to donate.

Click here for Facebook updates on Ace.

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