The dog, Barilla, had only a few functional internal organs when she was brought to a cat and dog rescue facility in Granada, Spain. She was skin and bone. She is only paralyzed in one place, her muscles are very weak, and she can no longer walk.
The center’s staff was concerned that Barilla, who weighed only 7.2kg, wouldn’t survive the serious illness. Additionally, a life would not be saved by being late by just one night.
The staff gave Barilla a prop to help her build muscles because she was unable to stand by herself. It was also continuously hydrated for six hours before the staff dared to give it anything more nourishing. Barilla has abrasions from crawling on the ground on all four of her legs. After six hours of water supply, Barilla was able to stand up and drink, but it wasn’t for long.
After a week of care and therapy, Barilla has put on 4 kg, but she is still unable to walk or stand for long periods of time without frequently falling to the ground. Barilla took another six weeks to start eating properly, but she was still able to run and jump like any other healthy dog.
Barilla gave the staff their undivided attention.
Eduardo Rodriguez, the 37-year-old owner of the shelter, decided to adopt Barilla because they fell in love right away. At the moment, Barilla resides with his wife, daughter, 14, and five additional dogs at his Rodriguez home outside of Granada.