February 19, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Star, the wonder dog, passed away on Friday evening – just a few weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Her owner, Charlie Cifarelli, says she spent her final moments in his arms.
The story of Star began in New York City in 2012. She was living on the street when she was shot in the head – and survived.
Channel 8 brought you the story of Star five years ago: Miracle Dog uses the story to help others
Beat the odds became a topic for Star as her story quickly rose in the media. Inspired, Cifarelli, a Lincoln-based and former New Yorker, searched for Star for nine months before he was finally able to take her into his family.
Since then, Star has touched the lives of many Nebraskans around the world Star project, also called rescuing endangered people. It is a local nonprofit that focuses on finding homes for dogs in danger of being euthanized.
We met with Cifarelli at the end of January to hear the dire news of Star’s diagnosis.
The full interview can be found here: VIDEO: Star, the wonder dog, faces another challenge
“The doctor, the radiologist, told me with the surgeon that God must intervene if Star is to survive. Because her cancer is inoperable, ”Cifarelli said in an interview in January. “I would give everything away. I give everything away. I would live under a bridge tonight if her health were redeemed. “
From New York City to Lincoln, Star’s life had made an unimaginable impact. Her story has even been captured in a documentary to share with the world.
Cifarelli says he is grateful for the meaning that his beloved dog’s life had in the community.