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July 01, 2021

Dog's body found in trash bag by sanitation worker in Northeast Philly, police say

Investigators first believed the remains may have been human

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Body Trash Northeast Philly Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

A Philadelphia sanitation worker found human remains inside a trash bag on the 5700 block of Harbison Avenue.

A Philadelphia sanitation worker found a dismembered body early Thursday morning in a trash bag in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The remains were initially thought to be human, but the Medical Examiner's office later determined that they belonged to a dog. 

The discovery was made just after 8 a.m. while the sanitation workers were on their route along the 5700 block of Harbison Avenue, according to authorities.

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At first, Investigators said they were not immediately able to determine the identity of the victim or whether the individual was a man or a woman.

An update from police at 10:40 a.m. said the remains were canine, not human. 

No other details were provided and the investigation remains ongoing.