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Florida Dog is Into Recycling

Florida Dog is Into Recycling



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Tasha Martinez, NBC NewschannelMeet Hershey, a dog that loves to go for walks but hates trash. His owner says he doesn't like to see anything laying on the side of the road, especially if the trash is recyclable.

Hershey's owner, Jody Rapchik-Gaughen, says Hershey picks up plastic bottles mostly but they try to avoid cans because it caused a cut.

Once Hershey picks up the trash, she gathers it together so her owners can put it in the recycle bin, unless they're already outside. Jody says they have the recycle bin in front of the house and she'll drop it in there.

Hershey brings home about 10 recyclables a day, enough to keep her owners' bins full. It's a passion that has earned her neighbor's gratitude and a nickname, the "Recycling Dog." Pet sitter Carolann Richart, who lives three streets away from Hershey, says you do see recyclables on the ground but when you visit the street Hershey lives on, you won't see any because Hershey cleans up.

Hershey's owners never trained her to recycle. They say she's always done it on her own. Some think maybe it's just her way of making the Earth a better place to live. Hershey's owner says "I like to think that she's thinking 'I'm doing something good.' I always felt she needed some sort of a job in life."

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