Star the Pit Bull Loses an Eye, But Recovering Her Hearing

Star, post-opAnimal Care and Control Star chews on a toy, undeterred by her missing eye.

The pit bull who took a bullet from a police officer on 14th Street and lived to tell the tale had surgery today to remove her left eye, as well as metal fragments still lodged in her skull.

“Star had suffered soft tissue, bone, head trauma, and eye damage as a result of her wounds,” said Richard Gentles, a spokesman for the city Animal Care and Control, which handled care for the dog, Star. “She suffered a significant degree of hearing loss, but her hearing is coming back and the vision in her right eye also seems to be improving.”

Star after operationAnimal Care and Control The pit bull has been through a lot.

Tomorrow, as expected, the tough-as-nails mutt will be transferred to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, a coalition of shelters and boarding homes that could put her up for adoption.

“She is able to walk, play with toys, and eat on her own,” Mr. Gentles added.

Star’s previous owner, Lech Stankiewicz, never appeared to reclaim his pooch. The last time he was in the press, he was passed out on 14th Street with Star circling him and menacing two police officers and a bystander. The video of Star being shot was so shocking to animal lovers that it spawned a Facebook page in her honor.

Now, the dog’s life on the streets has almost certainly come to an end.