PHOENIX -- An injured pit bull who was rescued off a mountain back in October is getting a new forever family for Christmas.
It was two months ago when Andi Davis came across the injured pit bull while she was hiking on a mountain near 20th Street and Dunlap. She carried the 47-pound animal half a mile down the mountain and into the Arizona Humane Society.
The dog was near death, and vets discovered that he had been shot. An open wound was found 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.
“When my mom found our new dog on the mountain, my heart broke at the first sight of him. He was torn up. Everywhere,” said Davis’ 10-year-old daughter Jessica in a letter to the Arizona Humane Society.
Once afraid of the pit bull breed, the Davis family couldn't get the injured pit bull, now named "Elijah," out of their minds. So much so, that Jessica wrote AHS a letter saying, "I told my parents how this feeling for him was different. Not just any feeling you felt when you saw any stray. They felt the same way."
From that moment on, Elijah became part of the Davis family as a foster pet, as AHS' medical team continued to monitor his injured and torn muscles. For months, it was unclear whether the injuries would heal and his leg would be saved. But he recovered, and is now ready to live life on all four legs!
Elijah and his family made the adoption official on Christmas Eve, at 11 a.m., at AHS' Sunnyslope shelter. The adoption marked the end of one long road to recovery and the beginning of a long happy life together.