PHOENIX -- A Valley pit bull has a second chance at life thanks to one woman’s kind act while out on her routine hike.
Andi Davis was recently out hiking near 20th Street and Dunlap when she came across a dog that was nearly dead.
Davis, who was apprehensive about the breed, was initially scared to lend any help. She was eventually able to put her fears aside and give the dog some water.
Realizing that no one else was nearby to help, Davis picked up the 47-pound dog and proceeded to carry him for a half mile down the mountain.
“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 Jessi in a letter to the Arizona Humane Society.
The Davis family brought the dog, now named Elijah, to the Humane Society where their Second Chance Animal Hospital veterinarians began examining the animal.
An open wound was found on the left side of Elijah’s chest, and X-rays revealed bullet fragments in his shoulder and a bullet in the middle of his neck.
Vets prescribed antibiotics and pain medication, and determined that the best course of action was to observe Elijah’s progress as opposed to removing the bullet fragments, which could cause damage to nerves near the spinal cord.
On Tuesday, Elijah entered foster care with the Davis family where he will continue to be monitored by the Humane Society’s medical team.
The Humane Society said Wednesday that the Davis family and Elijah are great examples of both the good in people and in pit bulls.
The Humane Society also reminds everyone that Saturday is National Pit Bull Awareness Day.