In that time, however, another, more subtle, tragedy has unfolded.
Because foster homes are often crowded, Lila has bounced around from home to home while awaiting her forever family.
But this is no country for mixed-breed dogs.
"Dogs like Lila have a very hard time being adopted because they're not purebred," Targowski explains. "If you have a nice Doberman or German shepherd, you're going to adopt him in no time.
"People in Costa Rica want large dogs. They want pure dogs. And dogs like Lila don't stand a chance."
Which is why Targowski, who lives in Canada, has been sharing Lila's story everywhere she could on social media - hoping to find her a real home outside Costa Rica.