You are never given the dog you want, but the dog you need.

A Bright Star

Happy Tuesday everyone! While not normally a fan of Tuesday myself, and I’m sure many others out there aren’t either, this Tuesday seems a little more annoying than most. Probably because of the fact that yesterday was a holiday here in the United States and I didn’t have classes, so while it’s the second day of the school week, it still feels like the first. But, then again, maybe I’m just not an early week lover. Either way, today, and every Tuesday from here on out, I’ve decided to share at least one animal story; be it inspirational, sad, funny, you name it. Sometimes we just need that little reminder to smile or be grateful for the furry friends that are a part of our lives. Who knows? They might be the one who ends up saving it.

So, without further ado, our first star of Tuesday goes to, well…Star. I found this while browsing the interwebs the other day and frankly, this tale broke my heart just as much as it made me grateful for her wonderful rescuers. For those of you who don’t know the tale like me (I was out of the country at the time), Star, named by her rescuers, was a stray dog in Malta. In the city of Birzebbuga there, officers reported that they heard whimpering coming from nearby and decided to investigate.

Beneath a wooden plank that had a tree stump placed over it was this poor pup. All that could be seen of her was her muzzle as she whined for help. These officers immediately started digging her out, which is when they began to discover what else this pup had endured. Not only had she been buried and left for dead by her attacker, she had also had her limbs tied together and shot in the head over 40 times with a pellet gun. Her saviors took her in immediately for emergency surgery and was expected to survive, although a full recovery would have taken at least three weeks.

Star was asked about around the globe, with countless offers to adopt her, but as she still had such a long way to go in healing, it would have been some time before an adoption can take place. More than just the news base for this story are outraged by what was done to this gal, the citizens of Malta itself were in an uproar, and I say good! At the time, the worse punishment that animal abuse will bring is a maximum of one year in prison, and we all know what that can translate into. That seems like a slap on the wrist for something that should be judged more harshly than it is, especially with some of the horrific things that people do animals. It’s about time that more people started caring about what’s done to the animals on the streets instead of just turning a blind eye and thinking that ‘Oh someone else will take care of them…’ or worse, not caring at all. These animals might have been abandoned by someone once, someone who they used to rely on for care and love. In reality, you just don’t know a stray animal’s tale, so rather than always assume that they were never someone’s pet or loved by an owner, friend of an owner, etc., why not give them the benefit of the doubt?

I’m grateful that there was such an outpouring of support for Star and that so many people wanted to be chosen as her forever home, but at the same time, it saddens me that such a gruesome and unhappy story is what it takes for people to realize that there are animals worldwide who need our help. It’s sad when people don’t realize that there are animals with stories just like Star’s in their own Humane Societies and animal rescue groups, and these animals need just as much of a chance at a happy life. But, nevertheless, Star certainly lived up to her name. She was, without a doubt, a bright and strong spirit. Unfortunately, in a rather tragic turn of events, this poor girl never had a chance to live with her forever family.

A short while into her introduction to her new family, Star fell ill and was returned to the vet’s office to be placed under 24 hour care. After two days of stable observation, her condition worsened and she passed away. Star had suffered from acute inflammation of her pancreas and despite all efforts to save her, she slipped away. I can’t help but feel sorry for both Star and all of the people who worked so hard to save her. She managed to capture the attention of entire nations with her story and but never got to live the happiness she fully deserved. However, she brought so much good to the cause of animal abuse prevention as well, her story aiding in campaigns and sparking rallies in her name.  There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of this sweet girl, In Loving Memory of Star RIP.

Sometimes it’s nice to read and see that humans aren’t all as horrible as the nightly news would have us believe. For every rule, there is an exception, and the officers and staff that worked with her are counterexample to the horrors Star faced prior to her rescue.

For the full story, you can check out http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/05/28/miracle-dog-survives-40-gun-shots-and-being-buried-alive-in-malta/ for the before story and http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110607/local/A-brave-star-has-died.369376 for the after. The comment made by the vet who cared for her is heart wrenching and my heart goes out to him and his staff, as well the family that was almost hers.

Story credit goes to both the sources above, I claim no rights to this story. All I’ve done is read and regurgitated Star’s story for this post. Photo Credit: ilovedogs.com

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