Starved puppy nursed back to health, shows off progress in video

Photo via Daily Mail

Nicknamed after a brand of spaghetti because of how thin she was, Barilla was brought to a rescue in Granada, Spain weighing only 16 pounds.

Seven weeks after her arrival, rescue shelter manager Eduardo Rodriguez shared updates on her progress, and she has gone from a frail skeleton to a sleek and happy pup.

The video, posted by Albergue de Animales Dog House, shows Barilla lying with her limbs splayed out on an examination table, walking and falling flat on her stomach, and slowly gaining weight.

“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,” Rodriguez told the Daily Mail. “She didn’t have any muscle mass. I’ve been rescuing dogs since I was a child and I’m used to seeing them in a bad way but I’ve never seen an animal in such a terrible state as Barilla.”

Her weak tail wag when she was first found is astounding when compared footage at the end of the video, where she runs after a tennis ball to bring back to the thrower.

Rodriguez adopted Barilla and nurtured her back to health. Authorities still do not know who starved Barilla, but Rodriguez says local police will still try to find out what happened.

Barilla now weighs 46 pounds and lives with Rodriguez and his wife, along with their daughter and five other dogs.

Photo via Daily Mail
Photo via Daily Mail

h/t Daily Mail

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