When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was brought in to help a severely neglected puppy who had been abandoned, they knew that there would be a long road ahead if the little one was to survive. Starla, the little fighter, was immediately rushed by the rescuers to the Vet Hospital for treatment and further examination. “It’s a miracle she’s alive at this point,” the rescuers wrote. They are now doing everything they can to stabilize her and give her a chance at a better life.

Starla had what the rescuers call the worst case of mange they have ever seen. She looks more like a statue than a fuzzy puppy.


The vets discovered her spine was cracked in two places. The injury means that every time she moves, the cracked vertebrae rub together and cause her “excruciating pain.”

The veterinarian believes she was kicked … hard.

Although Starla is just six months old, her teeth look like she is a five-year-old dog. “Starla has been suffering and in pain for a very long time,” her rescuers write. “This is beyond sad to witness and to have to comprehend,” they say.


At the moment, Starla is on “heavy duty” pain medication and she will remain under the care of the rescue’s Texas vet partner. Once she is stable enough, she will be transported to New York where she will be seen by a specialist and will most likely need surgery on her spine.

The puppy needs and deserves the best medical care which will include the indispensable surgery – but to get that, the rescue will need thousands of dollars which they do not yet have.

You can help save Starla by making a donation via the rescue’s website or PayPal.

To learn more about Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, click here.


All image source: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC/Facebook