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Amazing rescue story: Dog shot and left for dead on hiking trail

Posted: Updated: Oct 28, 2013 07:45 PM
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PHOENIX -

Andi Davis follows the same trial every morning, but what she found on the top of a Phoenix mountain preserve peak would change her family's lives and save a life too.

Man's best friend is also this little girl's.

"We are definitely going to be really good friends!" says Jessica Davis.

He's a pit bull now named Elijah, and his unlikely story of ending up in 10-year-old Jessica's care started when he was left for dead in the mountains.

"I looked down and there's this dog laying there he's not moving," says Andi Davis, Jessica's mom.

Andi Davis was hiking her usual trail when she spotted the dog. She's always been afraid of pit bulls, but with no one around, helping the dog was up to her.

"I realized I have two choices I can try to help this animal or run down the mountain to try to get help."

She carried the 47-pound pit bull down the steep mountain for half an hour until her family was able to meet her. Andi's daughter Jessica ran toward the animal.

"Her heart melted and he looked up and gave her a kiss."

"I just thought how could such a beautiful dog be feeling this way I just thought this is terrible we have to do something," says Jessica.

The family took the dog to the Arizona Humane Society where veterinarians found a bullet lodged in Elijah's neck. But rather than operate and cause more complications, they are leaving the bullet alone, and letting the Davis family nurse the dog back to health.

"We want to adopt him we don't want him to go to anyone else I think it was meant to be."

A second shot at life -- a new home and a new friend.

"When he pants I feel like I can tell he's smiling!"

The Arizona Humane Society held the dog for 72 hours to see if the original owner would come forward, but no one did. They also have no leads on who may have shot the dog.

For now, they are monitoring the dog and taking his recovery one day at a time.

"If anyone ever finds a pit bull you should always give it a chance, not be a coward, not run away, not just ignore the dog. I think you should give it a chance," added Jessica.

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