The starved puppy, believed to have been less than ten-months of age, was no more than a bag of bones with no muscle mass at all and unable to walk or stand when she was found just seven weeks ago, reports the Daily Mail.
In Granada, Spain, the young Belgian Malinois was believed to have been locked away for an extended period of time with no food or water, but the moment the dog with the protruding ribs was discovered by the rescue center, Albergue de Animales Dog House, the dog nicknamed Barilla, a type of spaghetti, (because she was so skinny) her life took on hope. Eduardo Rodriquez slowly nursed the dog back to health; he said it was love at first sight when he met her.
And in the beginning, no one even knew if Barilla was going to survive. At the veterinarian’s office, the dog weighed in at barely 16 pounds and was immediately hooked up to an intravenous drip, but whether her organs were going to shut down from the extended starvation the dog had suffered, was unknown.
“She’d been so starved of food and water when we took her in that all she could move was her head and her tail,” Rodriquez stated. This was the worst case of neglect and starvation he had ever seen.
Barilla was too weak to stand up or walk, and the staff made her a harness to encourage her to get up so she could build some much needed muscle. The marks on her paws and legs were thought to have been the result of her dragging herself around just trying to survive. By the end of the first week, Barilla had already gained nearly nine pounds, but was not able to stand and would fall to the ground whenever she tried.
Check out Barilla’s video; it is amazing. The videos of Barilla’s recovery during the last seven weeks have gone viral, and Eduardo proudly announced he has adopted the dog, who had probably been mistreated and neglected since birth. The happy dog now lives with Eduardo, his wife, their teenage daughter and five other dogs.
“Her will to live was amazing and I felt a connection with her the moment I saw her. Her recovery has been staggering. From the third or fourth day she was eating five or six times a day and putting on two pounds a day in weight. She’s now up to 46 pounds and is on the road to a full recovery,” stated Eduardo
And on Eduardo’s rescue’s Facebook page, he has a special message: (translated)
“A lot of you were asking us how is Barilla. She’s had the luck of being able to move forward thanks to a lot of effort. Now it’s happy, but her case is one in a million. Unfortunately there are still thousands of animals who suffer abuse or abandonment and that’s why we will continue to fight for them all. We must be their voice, but alone we can’t get it. Join our Association Otra Oportunidad and help us to continue changing lives.
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