An animal group has equated starving an animal to murder. One dog might have led them to that indictment.
Barilla, a large-framed mixed-breed dog who looks to have some German Shepherd in her, was found by Albergue de Animales Dog House of Granada, Spain, weighing merely 7.5 kilos (16.5 pounds), according to a video posted to the group’s YouTube channel. The video shows the frail condition in which Barilla arrived at the rescue, nearly her entire skeleton visible through her gaunt skin.
“This is the story of Barilla,” reads the description (translated from Spanish) beneath the video. “We had never seen anything like it.”
The camera pans over the dog on an exam table. Her legs are splayed as it appears she lacks the strength to draw them together. Despite her severe lack of muscular strength, the dog manages a timid tail wag as the camera operator draws near.
“Because of her malnutrition, Barilla barely had the strength to move,” text on the video, again translated, reads. “Slowly we were recovering her and helping her to walk.”
Frames show Barilla falling on paved ground as she tries to walk. She gets a lot of support from people working with her. Sure enough, it works to revive the dog, in a big way.
The video next introduces us to Barilla a month later. It shows a clip of the dog weighing in on a scale at 18.3 kilos (40.3 pounds), looking healthy and vibrant. Then we see shots of her playing, fetching and cuddling. The transformation is inspiring.
“For the first time in her life, Barilla is happy,” the text then reads. “She has a home, she stays with us!”
If society’s true representation reflects in how we treat animals, we hope there are more people like the ones at Albergue de Animales Dog House out there.