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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 'Very Happy' Dog Stuck in Shipping Container 'For at Least a Week'

The rescue canine, now named Connie the Container Dog, is now under the care of Forever Changed Animal Rescue in Texas

<p>U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook</p> Connie the dog with the U.S. Coast Guard inspection team that saved her from a shipping container at the Port of Houston

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook

Connie the dog with the U.S. Coast Guard inspection team that saved her from a shipping container at the Port of Houston
  • A team of marine inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston was randomly checking shipping containers at the Port of Houston and found a dog in one of the many containers

  • The inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard believe the dog was in the contained for at least a week

  • The pup, named Connie the Container dog by her rescuers, is recovering at a Texas pet rescue

A dog is now safe at a Texas animal shelter after members of the U.S. Coast Guard found her trapped in a shipping container on Wednesday.

In a Jan. 31 Facebook post, the U.S. Coast Guard Heartland announced that a team of marine inspectors from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston was randomly inspecting shipping containers at the Port of Houston when the team heard barking and scratching from one of the stacks located high off the ground.

The inspectors lowered the noisy container, opened it, and "a dog popped out!" Per the U.S. Coast Guard Heartland, the female dog — affectionately named Connie the Container Dog — was "trapped in the container for at least a week."

The U.S. Coast Guard Heartland described Connie's state at her discovery as "tired, hungry, and very happy to see her rescuers." The inspection team who found Connie gave the pup water and cuddles and then took her to the Pasadena Animal Shelter in Pasadena, Texas, for further care. According to the shelter's Facebook post, Connie is available for adoption at Forever Changed Animal Rescue (FCAR).

<p>U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook</p> Connie the Container Dog

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook

Connie the Container Dog

FCAR wrote on social media that the facility is focused on treating Connie's health issues and making the pet comfortable in her new surroundings.

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"Connie is a bit underweight and currently weighs 30lbs. She is incredibly sweet but very shy and scared of her new surroundings, as to be expected. She is heartworm-positive, and we will be getting her started on treatment ASAP. We will also be doing a full workup on her to ensure that she receives all the care she needs and deserves," FCAR shared in a Facebook update about the dog.

The rescue is raising money for its medical fund to cover Connie's expenses.

<p>U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook</p> Connie the Container Dog with one of the U.S. Coast Guard inspectors that rescued her from a shipping container

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook

Connie the Container Dog with one of the U.S. Coast Guard inspectors that rescued her from a shipping container

ABC's Eyewitness News 13 reported that MST3 Bryan Wainscott, MST1 Lucas Loe, MST2 Ryan McMahon, and MST3 Jose Reyes were inspecting shipping containers at the Port of Houston on Wednesday when they found Connie.

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She was trapped in a shipping container about 25 feet from the ground, which was surrounded by old vehicles that were scheduled to be shipped overseas, per officials. It is unclear how Connie ended up in the container.

"One container out of the thousands at the terminal, and we just happened to be right next to it," Loe told the outlet about the fortunate rescue.

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