No one knows exactly how long the 2-year-old pit bull had been left to die alone in the Arizona mountains.
This photo taken by Andi Davis, the hiker who found him, shows the dog half standing, half collapsed, his head resting on the rocks.
Davis had walked about a half mile uphill last Friday, October 18, along a deserted trail in Phoenix when she found the dog, suffering from bullet wounds.
She hesitated for a moment before approaching the pit bull, Nelson said. But when he lifted his head as she reached for her water bottle, Davis put her apprehension aside, gave him a drink and then lifted the 47-pound dog into her arms. Then, she began walking.
(READ the story, w/ photo of new family, from WHO-TV)