Golden retriever puppy found stuffed in trash bag in Santa Cruz: sheriff

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office is trying to figure out how a puppy was left stranded on the side of a road in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago.

A passing driver spotted the golden retriever mix near the Buena Vista overpass on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz nine days ago. 

Investigators said the 4-month-old puppy was stuffed in a trash bag and looked severely injured and underweight.

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The dog is recovering at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, officials said.

Photos from the veterinary show the puppy looking alert at the hospital nestled next to a pillow.