On Thursday, Fernando Marie, a sanitation worker in Uruguay, was nearing the end of his shift when his colleague suddenly asked him to be quiet. In the moments of silence that followed, Marie heard what had alerted his partner.
Faintly emanating from the rear of their trash-filled truck was the sound of an animal in distress.
"We decided to open to check it," Marie told The Dodo "The truck was full of garbage, and we kept hearing that crying. It kept getting quieter and quieter, like it was drowning in the garbage. So, we grabbed some shovels and began to dig."
Working carefully, the pair scoured through the trash until the creature trapped inside — a tiny puppy — managed to break through. Here's video of that dramatic moment: