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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W. C
W. C19 days ago


William C
William C19 days ago

Thank you for caring.

Philippa P
Philippa Powers10 months ago

I love a happy ending.

Teresa W.
Teresa W2 years ago

a happy ending

Lucy S.
Lucy S2 years ago

Some people are so cruel to animals it beggers belief! I am often in tears reading about how far people will go to avoid dealing humanely with an animal. There is no need to be cruel and hurt an animal. They should get some proper advice before "throwing an unwanted pet in the trash."

Sending out love to all the innocent animals who are in pain with a wish that they will soon be out of that situation.

Angela P.
Angie P3 years ago

This poor little dog. Thank goodness she was saved and has a new loving home.

Brenda Hixenbaugh

Thank God another saved baby

William R.
William R3 years ago

Thank goodness there are many kind people to offset the pond scum that do this to helpless animals. I wish the ratio of the former to the latter could be increased by many orders of magnitude.

Roslyn McBride
Roslyn M3 years ago

Cruelty knows no end, but at least there some decent people around.

Priscilla Laybolt
Priscilla L3 years ago

This is such a terrible crime, I hope that whoever did this will have some sleepless nights . Thank goodness he was found and is now in a loving home.
Thanks to all who contributed to this miraculous recovery.