|Published:||Sep 12, 2012 5:04 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 12, 2012 7:02 PM EDT|
NORTH FORT MYERS-Fla. Just like the mythical bird he was named after, three-year-old Phoenix has risen from the ashes.
Animal Refuge Center Volunteer Demica Santiago is amazed, "He's doing wonderful and has gained a lot of muscle mass so he has more stamina."
Thanks to food, fluids and a lot of TLC, the boxer hound mix is now 50 pounds, 25 pounds heavier than when we first saw him at the end of July.
Santiago said, "He was basically a bag of bones with skin covered over him."
A woman found the dog near death laying on the train tracks in Clewiston. If she hadn't found him that day, ARC vets said he would of passed away 48 hours later. It's believed he was on his own for more than three months. To survive he knawed on sugar cane and ate rocks. He has no teeth left.
The dog's story captivated the hearts of the community and there's a Facebook fan page so folks could track Phoenix's progress.
Today, more than a month later, he's done a complete 360.
"He loves going on car rides and playing with dogs and cats," said Santiago.
The four-legged wonder is now up to more than 1,000 likes on Facebook! It's pretty easy to see why.
He should be up for adoption in a few weeks.