A pit bull, who was shot and left for dead on a Phoenix, Ariz., mountain preserve peak, was rescued by an unlikely hero...a woman who is afraid of pit bulls, reported Wednesday's My Fox Phoenix.
By the time that the injured dog's hero, Andi Davis, discovered him on the hillside, he was motionless.
Though Davis admits that she has always been afraid of pit bulls, she made a decision to overcome that fear, and do what she could to help the obviously ailing dog.
Davis picked up the injured, 47-pound dog, later dubbed "Elijah," and carried him all the way back down the trail where she eventually met up with her husband and daughter.
The family whisked Elijah to the Arizona Humane Society where he was examined and treated.
AHS described the damage to the two-year-old dog's body:
Vets found an open wound on the left side of his chest and X-rays revealed bullet fragments in his shoulder and a bullet in the middle of his neck. AHS vets prescribed antibiotics and pain meds and determined the best course of treatment was to observe Elijah’s progress as opposed to removing the fragments, some of which are close to the spinal cord, which could cause irreparable damage to the nerves.
Elijah will not be recuperating at the humane society facility, however; the same woman who saved his life, along with her entire family, will be fostering the wounded dog.
In fact, Andi Davis' ten-year-old daughter, Jessica, has formed a deep bond with the dog and she is excited that he will now become a part of their family.
The little girl wrote a letter to the Humane Society; it reads:
"When my mom found our new dog on the mountain, my heart broke at the first sight of him. He was torn up. Everywhere.
"I'm sure she had a lot of trouble carrying him down the mountain at 46 pounds.
"When we took him in to your society, I thought I would never see him again. I new he was in good hands but I still felt very sad.
"I told my parents how this feeling for him was so different. Not just any feeling you felt when you see any stray. They felt the same way.
"I was so, so happy when I got to see him. When I found out we could adopt him and for good, I was thrilled!
"After all you have done for us, I want to help animals, too. Thank you so much for making our lives better."
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