A very tiny, adorable chihuahua is safe and on the road to recovery after being left for dead.

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The little pup was discovered early last week. It was whimpering inside a dumpster on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus in California. It was immediately apparent that it broke both her front legs. So she was rushed to a local veterinary clinic c for treatment.

There, it fitted her with two pink casts, each not much smaller than she is.

Police are still seeking clues to track down whoever committed that heinous act of cruelty against the dog. But she is already on her way to putting her painful past behind her.

The Recovery

One of her caretakers, Dr. Dan Famini at Sonoma County Animal Services, recently visited with the pup and provided a welcome update for the Junior College’s Facebook page:

Her new name is “Darla,” she weighs 2 lbs. precisely, [Famini] estimates she is about 14 weeks old and is scheduled for surgery to repair her fractured legs soon. He rechecked Darla, changed her splints, and took these photos to share with us. So we could share them with you. There is also one picture of Dr. Famini holding the little Darla for size comparison.

The injured puppy’s story has since gone on to attract national attention, with countless folks from throughout the world eager to see her make a full recovery.

“We would like to thank every one of you for your thoughts, kind words, well-wishes, and offers of assistance!” the update reads. “Even though Darla had a rough start, we think she will have a great future.”

Darla will be available for adoption in around six weeks once she is fully healed.

Anyone with information regarding Darla’s abandonment in the dumpster is asked to contact Sonoma County Animal Services.

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