A stray poodle on her last leg of life got a second chance thanks to an unlikely hero.

“Roxie was fading really fast when she arrived at our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital,” said Ashleigh Goebel, media coordinator at the Arizona Humane Society.

Emergency responders found Roxie in the Phoenix area. The canine was suffering from E. Canis, a tick-borne disease that left her extremely dehydrated, lethargic and unable to stand on her own.

That’s when an 83-pound pit bull stepped in and saved the day.

“Tank is the sweetest dog in the world,” said Goebel. “He looks intimidating but has a heart of gold.”

He became Roxie’s blood donor. And thanks to the quick actions of the Second Chance team, veterinarians removed some of Tank’s blood while he underwent a minor medical treatment to remove a mass.

Despite Roxie’s critical condition, the poodle had nothing to worry about. She was in good hands.

The Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital is the largest shelter-based trauma center for homeless animals in the Valley. More than 8,000 sick and injured strays were treated last year alone.

The road to recovery

The poodle was back on all four paws by the end of the night after the blood transfusion.

“Roxie made a complete 180. The once lifeless, lethargic dog is now filled with spunk and confidence,” Goebel said.

Her life-saver and newfound friend, Tank, was by her side during recovery.

“I introduced them for a meet and greet and they became best friends,” Goebel said. “It was really sweet to see them together. They have no idea how their story came to be, but it was very precious to see a pit bull and little poodle hang out together.”

The two furry friends are both looking for a forever home. Roxie will be available for adoption in one week, following additional recovery time at a foster home. Tank is available now.

You can inquire about Roxie or Tank at (602) 997-7585 or visit the Arizona Humane Society at 9226 N. 13th Avenue in Phoenix.

“It is amazing how resilient animals are,” Goebel said.

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