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Rumpke Worker Adopts Discarded Puppy He Found On Route

Rumpke Driver Aaron Kinsel has now adopted a discarded puppy he found Wednesday and has named her Tipper.
Rumpke Driver Aaron Kinsel has now adopted a discarded puppy he found Wednesday and has named her Tipper.

Rumpke is praising one of its workers for noticing a moving backpack along his route Wednesday and rescuing an abandoned 10-week-old puppy inside.

Driver Aaron Kinsel was servicing customers in Colerain Township when he noticed the discarded backpack along the road. "I felt like I was meant to find her," he told fellow workers.

The distraught puppy was a female, Boxer-mix suffering from dehydration and a broken leg.

Kinsel and his family decided to adopt the dog and name it Tipper. Rumpke says the name is fitting because a tipper is a mechanism used on the back of residential garbage trucks to help pick up trash containers, a "driver's helper."

Rumpke is helping police with their investigation of the abandoned dog. "For their safety, as well as for the safety of our customers, Rumpke drivers are trained to remain observant," says Kendra Catherman, Cincinnati safety manager at Rumpke.

Tipper is at the veterinarian for treatment.

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.