APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — A stray Siberian Husky was found with hundreds of BB pellets embedded under her skin in her rear and tail. Stella is now recovering from surgery and determined to get her groove back.
The Alleys Rescue Angels (ARA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit Husky rescue organization, took in Stella after she was found as a stray at the Riverside Shelter.
At first rescuers thought that she had been attacked by dogs, but X-rays revealed that she had BB pellets under her skin that had become infected and needed to be removed. Some of the pellets contained lead and there is a 30 percent chance that she could contract lead poisoning.
Stella’s injuries were so severe that the veterinarians at the Ark Animal Hospital were unable to remove all of the pellets safely. She has lost two inches of her tail because of the damage. The person responsible for her injuries has not been found.
Thankfully, with some extra love and care, Stella is expected to make a full recovery. Since the ARA brought Stella in, they have been updating the public on her road to recovery through their Facebook page. They have also set up a YouCaring account in order to help pay for her extensive medical bills.
Stella is currently recovering in a foster home where she can take the time she needs to learn to trust humans again and heal from her surgery.