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UPS Driver Rescues Emaciated Great Dane

August 9th 2013 11:22 am
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Posted: 08/07/2013 4:25 pm EDT

On January 21, when UPS driver Gavin Crowsley first spotted a Great Dane named Phoenix, the dog was so emaciated that he mistook it for a Dalmatian. Phoenix was on a short chain without food, water or shelter. Crowsley, who was in the middle of his delivery route in Indiana, had to stop.

"I could see every bone in his body," he told his employer. "He was just lying there. I knew if that dog didn't die from starvation, he was going to die from the weather. I didn't want to have a confrontation, but I couldn't just leave him there."

Crowsley called the Clay County Humane Society, and a rescue took place within an hour.

On Friday, almost seven months later, UPS spotlighted Crowsley on its Facebook page.

"We've waited several months to share this story with you because we wanted the first photo you see of Phoenix to be this sweet boy reunited with the UPS driver who helped save his life," the company wrote.

According to UPS, Phoenix is blind in one eye and completely deaf. His road to recovery has included overcoming "severe malnutrition, a battle with pneumonia, and frostbitten ears."

Today, though, the Great Dane is about 160 pounds. He weighed less than 70 when Crowsley found him.

Now, Phoenix is on his way to becoming a therapy dog. With his new mother's help, he can sit, stay, and shake. And his new Facebook page, "Phoenix Fighters" updates fans on his progress. Most recently, the Phoenix and his mom participated in a 5K to raise money for the Humane Society and the American Cancer Society. His mission, according to the Facebook page, is to continue raising money for "doggies that are in need!"


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Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

August 9th 2013 at 11:26 am

Ok. In my earthly days, I was one of those pups that had a huge problem with delivery people. But this UPS guy is a HERO! The pictures of poor Phoenix before his rescue are horrific:(
Barked by: Cleo (In Memory) (Dogster Member)

August 9th 2013 at 3:41 pm

As always .. tears.. of joy that Compassion still has a real place in this world... and anger that pond slime can do this to anyone/fur.

Blessings to that UPS man.....and too all those who proved humans have a good heart.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

August 9th 2013 at 9:08 pm

I am so GLAD that delivery man was kind and rescued that poopr dog.
Any word about the 9w(*&#$(*@#Rg3tg**%#%@ that did this horror?
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

August 9th 2013 at 11:15 pm

Glad dat delivery guy helped out dat pup.
Barked by: ✨ Finley ✨ (Dogster Member)

August 9th 2013 at 11:23 pm

Kudos to da UPS guy......and major butt bites to da poor doggie's abuser!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

August 10th 2013 at 10:21 am

Oops...I should have woofed, 'that poor dog'...

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