A puppy at a Greenville shelter that requires a high chair to properly eat is one of more than 4,000 pets competing for the title of "luckiest pet."
Starship was only a few months old and weighed only 4 pounds when she arrived at Greenville County Animal Care in June.
"Of the cases I have seen, hers is the most severe," said Dr. Teri Worl, a veterinarian at the animal shelter. "Her esophagus was dilated. I don't know how she survived as long as she did."
Worl said an X-ray showed a narrowing of her esophagus, which was preventing Starship from receiving the nutrition she needed. The condition is known as mega esophagus.
With a condition like that, veterinarians knew they had to come up with a creative way to allow Starship to eat and drink. Enter a high chair made by Worl's husband.
In her custom-made chair, Starship, now 6 months old, can go through a bowl of food in less than a minute. She has gained six pounds since coming to the shelter.
On Thursday, Susan Bufano, a spokesman for the shelter, told FOX Carolina that Starship has been placed in her permanent home with a family in Maryland. She said the pup is doing fine and has another pup and a cat to keep her company.
Bufano said that Starship is just one of the many success stories of the shelter's "second chance fund." The shelter hopes the pup's story will add $5,000 to the fund through the luckiest pet contest on Petfinder.com.
The website specializes in connecting people looking for pets to adoptable animals.