(UPDATE: Sad news. Our shining Star has passed on. More here. June 6, 2011
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius is also known as the “Dog Star,” reflecting its prominence in its constellation, Canis Major (Big Dog).
The Malta poochy, Star, has survived one of the darkest nights any dog could know, and is now shining bright in the hearts and prayers of millions around the world.
To think that there are human beings walking the planet that could do such a thing to a beautiful, innocent dog is nearly incomprehensible.
Who doesn’t hope they catch the sicko who perpetrated this demonic crime? At least one person has put up a reward. A local jewellers has offered a 250 euro gift voucher as an enticement to help catch the twisted individual who abused Star. I hope others chip in, quadrupling it or more. The fiend must be found.
NY Daily news writes:
Officers investigating an unrelated case near the city of Birzebbuga last week heard faint whispers from under a plank with a tree stump on top of it. After removing the plank, they made the gruesome discovery: a dog buried alive in dirt up to its face, its snout and limbs tied up, and multiple bullet wounds in its head, The Times of Malta reported.
Hundreds of dog lovers have offered to take in the pooch, but officials in charge say that the level of trauma was such that Star is considered too withdrawn to be re-homed at present.
Those looking for justice can sign an online petition called Justice for Star. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/373/justice-for-star/
Here is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StarOurHope where people can express their concern and outrage for Star, and another Facebook page called The Star Reward Fund. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203524466350793
UK Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391408/Star-dog-buried-alive-face-shot-40-times-head.html – The discovery of a dog that was buried alive up to its nose after being shot in the head 40 times has led to calls for Malta to reform its animal welfare laws.
The crossbreed mongrel, which was named Star by his rescuers, was found near the city of Birzebbuga by animal welfare officers investigating an unrelated case.
After hearing whimpering coming from beneath a wooden board with a tree stump placed on top of it to weigh it down, officers were confronted with the distressing sight of a dog’s face buried in the dirt.
But worse was to follow. When Star was dug out of the ground they discovered all four limbs had all been tied together and that she had been repeatedly shot with a pellet gun.
Miraculously, after doctors removed 40 pellets from her skull during emergency surgery at the Ta’ Qali hospital, Star survived.
The case has caused outrage in Malta where, regardless of the nature of the act, the maximum sentence one can face for animal cruelty is a one-year jail sentence, or a maximum fine of 46,500 euros.
A pending change in legislation will raise the maximum fine to 50,000 euros but the one-year jail maximum will remain.
Animal lovers are holding a silent protest in Valetta next week to express their disgust.
With the abuser still at large, people have expressed their support with dedicated Facebook pages, the largest of which has 7,000 followers.
More than 1,000 people have also signed an online petition to help catch the perpetrator and to generate funds to meet Star’s vet bills.
A local jewellers has offered a 250 euro gift voucher as a reward to help catch the sick individual who abused Star.
But her case has touched hearts much further afield and Star has received a personalised blanket from Canada as well as letters of concern from the Amsterdam Fire Brigade.
Having gone through an appalling ordeal, Star is now spoilt for choice with 20 potential loving new owners offering to adopt her.
However, due to the level of trauma through which she has been, Star is considered too withdrawn to be re-homed at the moment.
‘We have another 110 dogs that also went through bad experiences and need a home, maybe people can help them,’ Malta Animal Welfare Department spokesmanJanice Chetcuti told The Times Of Malta.