Despite the odds stacked against her, Phoenix began to slowly improve in the care of her experienced rescuers. Soon after she first arrived, she began to stand and then walk on her own. Her wounded leg healed and her tail began to wag again.
Phoenix's supporters eagerly followed her progress on social media, cheering on her successes. One follower, a dog groomer, even offered free haircuts for life once she was finally adopted.
This weekend Phoenix finally got the ultimate happy ending - a new family. Sean Casey Animal Rescue posted the triumphant update on their Facebook page, along with a photo of an almost unrecognizable Phoenix, looking like a happy, healthy dog in the arms of her new mom.