Aaron Kinsel, a Rumpke driver, rescued a sweet puppy abandoned in a backpack

Updated: Feb 9

- Ohio, USA -


A 10-week-old puppy will be getting a well-deserved second chance in life thanks to the hero who rescued her.


Rumpke Waste & Recycling wrote in a Facebook post that one of their drivers, Mr. Aaron Kinsel, was servicing customers in Colerain Township just outside Cincinnati, when he noticed movement from a discarded backpack.


When he opened the backpack, inside there was a 10-week-old puppy.


Cincinnati.com reports that the pup was shaking and terrified in 20-degree weather.


Mr. Kinsel said: “She looked up and saw me and saw that I was trying to help and she kind of had this look of relief.”


Our hero wrapped the furbaby in one of his sweatshirts to keep her warm.


The female Boxer-mix was taken to a veterinary clinic where she is being treated for dehydration and a broken leg.


Mr. Kinsel and his family have decided to adopt the sweet soul.


Rumpke Waste & Recycling wrote in a Facebook post that Mr. Kinsel has named the furbaby Tipper and explained that “ A tipper is mechanism used on the back of residential garbage trucks that helps pick up trash containers. You could call it a driver’s helper.”


Mr. Kinsel said: “I felt like I was meant to find her.”


In a subsequent update, Rumpke wrote that on Tuesday, February 2, Tipper had surgery to amputate her rear leg, which was broken in two places, at the hip and at the knee.


Thankfully, the surgery went well, and Tipper is currently recovering at the veterinarian office.


An update on Tipper doing well after surgery was also posted by West Side Animal Clinic.


The clinic wrote: “Little “Bunny” (aka Tipper, the Rumpke driver save) is doing well after her surgery today! She is the sweetest puppy and well loved by all our staff members. We apologize to her new owners- she may already be a bit spoiled!


Mr. Kinsel and his family are excited to get her home, which will hopefully happen next week.


Rumpke will pay for all of Tipper's medical bills.


Local authorities are investigating Tipper’s senseless and cruel abandonment, and Rumpke is fully cooperating with the investigation.


Ms. Kendra Catherman, Cincinnati safety manager at Rumpke, said: “We are very proud of Aaron and delighted to make Tipper an honorary member of our Rumpke team.”


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