Tiny Chihuahua Rescued From Dumpster Is Now In Good Hands

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

The little pup was discovered early last week whimpering all alone inside a dumpster on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College in California. It was immediately clear that both her front legs were broken, so she was rushed to a local veterinary clinic for treatment.

It was there that she was fitted with two pink casts, each not much smaller than she is.

Police are still seeking clues in hopes of tracking 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.

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. exactly, [Famini] estimates she is about 14 weeks old, and she is scheduled for surgery to repair her fractured legs, soon. He rechecked Darla, changing her splints and took these photos to share with us so we can share 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, your kind words, your well-wishes and your offers of assistance!" the update reads. "Even though Darla had a rough start, we think she is going to have a great going forward."

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

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