Community helps with recovery of puppy left for dead in dumpster
ELK GROVE (KTXL) -- It's a sad story of neglect after a puppy was found thrown away in a dumpster. Now that that tiny dog is fighting back with a little help from the community.
On a frigid December night two puppies were thrown away like garbage in a dumpster behind a McDonald's in Elk Grove. Only one survived.
Sarah Varanini works at the Sacramento SPCA and is fostering the puppy dubbed; "Poptart."
"They had scabs and hair loss, we can only imagine the sibling didn't make it because it was so cold at night, but little Poptart survived," said Varanini.
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Poptart's journey of healing was just beginning. The 3 pound chihuahua developed an aggressive form of Mange, attacking all the skin on her fragile body.
"It was really sad. She was hot pink and completely furless," said Varanini. "It was this little naked pink Chihuahua that weighed maybe two pounds."
The scabs from the Mange are painful and itchy. They cover the puppy from the tip of her tail to the top of her nose.
"This is what happens when it's not treated, it becomes generalized, she gets it all over her body," said Varanini.
The Sacramento SPCA shared Poptart's story over social media. It was then the donations began. Sweaters of all colors were donated to help her little body heal from the trauma.
"She has a large supply of sweaters in all different colors. She has one with a tutu and one that's pink, nice and girlie," said Varanini.
The sweaters serve as a reminder that despite her cold and lonely start in this world, there is still plenty of warmth to be found.
Poptart will be available for adoption through the SPCA in about a month.
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