Chihuahua Hit By Car, Left For Dead Now In Recovery And Looking For Good Home


Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 4:42 pm
By: News On 6


In October, we told you about a little dog with multiple broken bones, who had been apparently hit by a car and left for dead on the road.

Animal Control picked her up and the Animal Rescue Foundation took her in, and because of her apparent will to live, they named her Phoenix.

Phoenix is about a year-old. She's a Chihuahua mix. When we saw her last, she had just come out of surgery to repair a broken pelvis and two broken legs, and she had lots of other scrapes and scratches.

Dr. Kimberly Huckaby, of the Bent Arrow Veterinary Hospital said she believes Phoenix had been run over and left for dead.

"She is the biggest hearted dog. She fought harder to survive than any other dog we've ever worked with," Huckaby said.

So, they decided to give her every chance they could. The Tulsa Animal Rescue Foundation put out an appeal for help. The responses they received helped pay for emergency surgery and some of the extensive care she's needed to get better.

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"She'll never be 100 percent," Huckaby said.

She's undergoing physical therapy. She's building up the muscles in her hind legs she hasn't been able to use for a while, but the bones have healed.

What she needs now is exercise, a little TLC and a good home.

Because she's still a little fragile, they're hoping to place her in a home with, "Probably no kids, and probably no dogs over 50 pounds," said Jaynie Ozment.

Ozment is the president of ARF in Tulsa and she said Phoenix is a truly a special dog, but she's just one of many they have waiting for a permanent home.

But clearly the star of this little show is a Chihuahua they named Phoenix, because of her fighting spirit. And she's lived up to her name.

"She is a fabulous dog and she really deserves a good place," Ozment said.

Think Phoenix might fit in at your house? Tulsa's Animal Rescue Foundation would like to hear from you.

Go to ARFTulsa.org to find out how to apply to adopt or foster an animal in need.

Phoenix and 115 other dogs and cats are available for adoption.