When the pooch – named after Barilla spaghetti because she was so thin – was first admitted to the vet, it was not known whether she would survive.
Starving puppy was taken into an animal rescue centre in Granada, Spain
Little Barilla’s bones were protruding and she was unable to walk or stand
It is thought the pooch had been locked away without any food or water
She’s made a remarkable recovery and the centre’s owner has adopted her
She weighed just 16lbs and despite being hooked up to a drip, staff at the centre knew she could suffer organ failure at any time.
‘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, Mr Rodriguez said. ‘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.
‘The vet said we were lucky we got her when we did because she might not have survived another night. We put her on a drip for six hours before we started feeding her.
“We made her a type of harness to help her walk so she could gain muscle mass because she couldn’t support her own weight.”