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Puppy With Mouth Tied Shut in -35 Cold Steers Toward Happiness

Puppy With Mouth Tied Shut in -35 Cold Steers Toward Happiness


Written by Animal Advocates Society of BC

Muffled sounds of distress came from the cardboard box behind a store in the Northern British Columbia town of Prince George. It was -35 degrees and it was only by chance that a woman named Shawna heard those faint cries. What she found was a near-frozen three-month-old Yorkie pup with a rubber band around her muzzle. Her tiny Yorkie nose was bulbous from edema caused by the circulation being cut off by the rubber band, her lips were infected and rotting.

Shawna thought the pup would die, but even if she could be saved, it would cost far more than she had. So Shawna called on Animal Advocates Society BC for help.

“Yes, we will pay. That is what we do.”

Little Star not only survived her ordeal, but has made a full recovery and is now a permanent member of Shawna’s family.  The video below chronicles Star’s arduous journey and her very happy new life.  The video is uplifting but for those of you who are on the sensitive side and can’t get through the opening sequence, please enjoy photos of Star feeling better and further along in her recovery.

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2:13AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

The suffering this dear little dog endured is heartbreaking. Bless you Shawna and Animal Advocates for saving Star and giving her a forever home. Whoever abandoned her in that horrible condition I hope you rot in hell.

7:12PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

How could anyone do such a thing to any animal? Barbarians. I am so thankful she was saved. May karma find those who did this awful deed and to the wonderful woman who saved her.

3:50PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Yes I am very sensitive for animal abuse can not understand why people do this.
I am so glad this dog have a happy home, and beautiful future.

3:46PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

I agree with many of the comments made by Care2 members. Such cruelty ...... and for what?? I don't understand why people can't do the right thing by animals. It's not that hard to just let them be and let them live free of abuse and cruelty.

11:12AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

People are so Cruel Shame on all of them & I hope what goes around comes around 10X fold!!

6:57PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you

2:45PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Like other people - I am horrified by what "humans" will come up with to dispose of unwanted animals. I have no idea how people who are capable of doing this are able to sleep at night...

2:30PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Heartbreaking to think that someone not only abandoned puppy but also caused it terrible pain and tried to make sure she couldn't even feed herself and so would die. I hope that something equally terrible happens to them. I am very happy this delightful little dog was found and freed and given a lovely home.

12:30PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

It is one thing to abandon the puppy in freezing weather, but to put a rubberband around her mouth, causing pain and suffering and preventing the likelihood that she would be discovered is extraordinarily cruel and sadistic. This world may have a lot of good-hearted animal lovers, but I am appalled at the number of really sick monsters.
Even though this article is old, I always like to hear of fortunate, but unlikely chance rescues and learn of the organizations that help them.
I wish that I believed in Karma, but since I don't, I can only assume that most people (except, unfortunately, for the true sociopaths/psychopaths) who are responsible for such horrors have to be miserable souls. I believe that only if you love animals and show them compassion, can you have a chance of true joy in life.
I can also hope with continuing outrage and pressure from those who care, the world will punish the abusers, with ever-increasing harsh sentences, and teach others the value of empathy and kindness.

10:42AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

As I try to write this, my sobs are tremendous!! I cannot believe the cruelty of some people. Shame on the person that left that beautiful puppy with that horrible rubber band!! Shawna, you are that angel that God almighty put in this precious little dog's life. God bless you. As for the Animal Advocates Society of BC. What a remarkable organization. For all of us readers that can afford to donate, do not hesitate to do so. Truly this is a terrific story with great love and compassion. Shawna, I wish you and your beautiful puppy and the rest of your pets, a beautiful life full of Joy!! Again, thank you and God bless you.

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