Andi Davis hikes almost every day in Phoenix, but her discovery on a mountainside near her home was most unusual according to 12 News Phoenix, Arizona.
During the newscast, Andi explained that she was walking along and discovered a pit bull lying near the trail. At first, she though he was dead, but went to investigate. Andi then realized the dog had been shot but was still alive. She said that as she tried to give him water, he just fell against her chest almost as if he was trying to leap in her arms. She didn’t leave the dog to die, but did something extraordinary.
Andi carried the 47 lb. dog for an hour long trek, about a half-mile down the steep mountainside. She was met at the bottom by her daughter and husband. They took the pit bull to Arizona Humane Society for treatment. The veterinarians there treated the dog with antibiotics and pain medication, but decided not to operate because the bullet fragments were too close to his spine. The Humane Society decided the family could adopt the dog if they wanted him.
Skeptical at first about permitting a pit bull to become a part of their family, Andi decided they were meant to have the animal, and named him Elijah. It was because the second time Elijah saw Andi’s daughter, Jessi, it was like they were long lost friends – there was an instant bond between Jessi and Elijah. Jessie wrote a letter to the Humane Society regarding her happiness and thanked them for allowing them to adopt Elijah.
Andi was notified that she is a recipient of PETA’s Compassionate Action Award which will be presented by the Arizona Humane Society on PETA’s behalf. The veterinarians at the Humane Society will follow up with Elijah's treatment.