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    Default Arizona Mom rescues shot dog off a mountain

    Back from the dead! Dog who was shot and abandoned on mountain is adopted by mother who found him and then carried him to safety


    • Andi Davis and her family adopted injured dog she found on morning hike
    • Mother to be presented with award for rescuing animal

    By JESSICA JERREAT
    PUBLISHED: 15:36, 26 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:23, 27 October 2013

    An early morning hike turned into a rescue mission for an Arizona mother after she stumbled across a dog that had been shot and abandoned on a mountain.

    Andi Davis had walked about half a mile up a Phoenix trail on Friday last week when she found a black and white dog close to death.

    Although she was nervous of him at first, Mrs Davis lifted the 47lb pit bull into her arms and carried him to safety - and a new, secure life with her family.
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    Rescue: Andi Davis and her family have adopted the pit bull she saved from death on a Phoenix mountain

    Although she is fit, it took nearly an hour for Mrs Davis to reach her car with the wounded dog, who she constantly reassured as she made the descent.

    'I looked down and there's this dog laying there he's not moving,' Mrs Davis, who had been scared of pit bulls, told Fox 10.

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

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    After gingerly approaching the dog, she offered him a drink from her water bottle and then carefully carried the injured animal to the road, where she was met by her husband and daughter.

    'When my mom found our new dog on the mountain, my heart broke at the first sight of him,' Mrs Davis' daughter, Jessi, said.

    'He was torn up. Everywhere,' the 10-year-old, who has named the dog Elijah, told WKTR.
    It is not known how long the two-year-old dog had been left on the mountain, but when he was examined by vets at the Arizona Humane Society, Elijah had an open abdominal wound, bullet fragments near his spinal cord and bullet in his neck.


    Near death: When Andi found the dog he was collapsed and barely able to move


    Injuries: One of the bullet wounds, above, that were found on Elijah who had been left to die on a mountain

    Humane Society spokesman Bretta Nelson said it was unlikely that the person responsible for harming Elijah will be found, and said as of yet no witnesses have come forward.

    Despite his ordeal, Elijah is settling into his new life with the Davis family and their other dogs.

    He has developed a special bond with Jessi, and Ms Nelson said he responded to the young girl as if 'they had been best friends their whole lives'.
    Mrs Davis added that when her daughter first met the dog, after he had been carried off the mountain: 'Her heart melted and he looked up and gave her a kiss.'
    Jessi told AZ Central: 'Mom had him in her arms, and then he looked at me, and I was like, "Is this dog going to bite?" And I looked in his eyes - I could tell, I could just tell that he was a nice dog.'

    Best friends: Jessi says the first time she saw Elijah she knew he was a good dog

    The mother is now to be recognized for her rescue efforts with a Compassionate Action Award from animal rights group Peta.

    'Thanks to Andi Davis' heroic actions, Elijah hasn't just survived being cruelly shot and left to die - he is now thriving in his loving new home,' Peta's executive vice-president Tracy Reiman said.
    The group is also offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for harming the dog.


    Read more: Hiker carries dog to safety after he was shot and left on mountain | Mail Online

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    Pass the kleenex. WHO THE FUCK SHOOTS A DOG AND LEAVES THEM TO DIE? This woman is a real hero - she put herself second and something/someone else first and that says it for me.
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    I hope they catch the person that did this. The doggy looks so happy now. Bless that lady.
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    Damn allergies!

    So glad the dog was saved.

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    What a woman!! Her daughter sounds like a sweetheart, too.

    I'm not afraid of pit bulls, just the opposite, but I'm nervous and a bit scared around hurt and injured dogs. They lash out in pain and from fear. They aren't mean animals, but any dog can do that when they're hurt. I'm so glad this woman did the right think. Good people do exist.

    But, since we're talking about a pit bull, in a major city, I can tell you why he was shot and left to die. He probably wouldn't fight. Sounds funny, but it happens a lot. They get dumped if they aren't fighters. Of course, I can't be sure, but it seems likely.
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    Oh man I'm so glad this woman saved this poor dog. I probably would have been afraid because like KrisNine said, an injured/scared dog can lash out even to people it knows. I hope they enjoy the love of this dog for many years to come.

    I hope karma gets whoever left him to die.

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    Aww lovely dog

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    My oldest daughter was all over this story. She has a pitbull and hates all the negative press they usually get from the media. So she was so happy to share this story on Facebook when she read it. What a wonderful woman and family this dog has now found....
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    This story made me heart grow three sizes. The woman is a hero! I had a pit and he was the sweetest most loving dog you could ever ask for. I hope for many years for this family to be together!
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    Lucky dog, and what a happy ending for everyone. I hope they find the creep who shot him, he likely has more dogs he is abusing.
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    I'm so proud of this lady! Pits can be fab family dogs. I hate the stigma behind then. Recently had another rescue to a good home. Their constant wagging whip lash tails can get to you! Happiness wags = Ok.

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