ST. PETERSBURG — One man's trash became wildlife rescuer Vernon Yates's treasure, and it came in the form of a 10-pound pooch.
He rescued the mixed-breed dog and an injured 6-foot boa constrictor Sunday morning after they were discovered inside a trash bin at Flagler Pointe Apartments in St. Petersburg.
The dog survived, but the boa, its head crushed, died a few hours later.
The investigation is ongoing, said St. Petersburg Police spokesman Bill Proffitt, who declined to comment further.
And the rescued pup needs a new home.
It's now staying at Yates's Seminole-based Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation. Volunteers jokingly call their latest furry guest "Recycle," because the center's animals are often named after where they come from.
The brown-haired dog, estimated to be about 2 years old, is in good condition: no fleas, no parasites, and healthy teeth.
But, Yates said, "the dog suffered psychologically."
When he first arrived to the wildlife facility, Recycle tried to bite anyone who touched him.
On Monday morning, he was more relaxed. "He let me pet him right off the bat," Yates said.
Recycle will stay at the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation for about two weeks in case an owner comes forward. If no one claims him, he will be adopted by one of the volunteers.
"Somebody threw him away and we're going to take him away and recycle him," Yates said.