When pictures of this two-year-old pit bull clinging to life arrived on Kitty Martin’s desk earlier this month, the owner of Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue in Augusta County knew she needed to help.
Kitty, who famously rescued Hero the Calf and worked tirelessly to ensure he walked again with help from donated prosthetic hooves, immediately reached out to the rescue shelter housing the dog in Texas.
“His intestinal track had shut down. He had maybe two days to live — if that long.”
The pit bull, named Phoenix, was purposely malnourished to weaken him during dog fights.
Deborah Green-Fatheree, who runs Urgent Animals of Hearne Robertson County Texas, rescued Phoenix from her local animal control.
Using social media, Deborah began sharing Phoenix’s story, and within days, the fight to save his life was gaining attention throughout Texas and beyond.
Kitty called Deborah and offered to adopt Phoenix. Deborah welcomed the assistance from Virginia. The only problem — money.
Thankfully, Deborah, her online followers and the thousands of Facebook fans who have been following Selah Ranch since the adoption of Hero the Calf rallied together and raised enough money for the trip to Texas.
Phoenix arrived at his new home in Augusta County two weeks ago.
Today, he’s barely recognizable.
“He was scared of his own shadow when he got here. Now, he walks around without a leash, he’s already house broken, he’s gaining weight like crazy — he’s doing amazing! I can’t believe someone would do something to a dog like this. He’s so sweet, so intelligent — he’s amazing.”
Phoenix is recovering quickly, but isn’t out of the woods. He is in need of heart worm treatments, which his veterinarian won’t be able to administer until he gains at least 15 more pounds.
Kitty is currently accepting donations to help pay for the ongoing treatment of Phoenix, who is still making headlines back in Texas.
If you would like to contribute, visit Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue on Facebook.
For a closer look at Phoenix’s transformation and the training he’s receiving at the Ranch, watch the video below.
[Courtesy: April Plemons - Texas-Based Animal Rescuer]