UPDATE: Unfortunately, the dog featured in this story, Hawk, passed away on Saturday morning, Dani Mahan said. She appreciates all the support shown.
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The wife of an Army soldier serving overseas rescued a dog that was found left for dead on the side of a road.
The mixed breed Lab-Boxer didn't have a chance until Dani Mahan drove by.
"He looked emaciated and scared," Mahan said.
"I got out of the car and it took over an hour to get him to trust me and into my truck," she said.
Mahan took the dog home and paid for the emergency care out of her own pocket.
"He needed help, and the idea of saving another life or protecting my pocket book -- it was more important for me to save a life," she emphasized.
And money doesn't come easy to Mahan.
She has 4-month old twin girls; an Army husband serving in the war zones of Afghanistan and she is a full-time student.
To help defray the cost of badly needed treatment, Mahan took the dog, who she named Hawk, to the Town and Country Veterinary Clinic run by Dr. Michael Good, who also heads the Homeless Pet Foundation.
"Our Foundation has been involved in over 20,000 successful adoptions and or rescues and re-locations," Good said.
Step one was to rescue Hawk. It took Good four hours of surgery and treatment of what he described as a knife-wound to the dog's abdomen. He says the Foundation will work with Mahan to pay the bill, which could total more than $5,000. If they can't, she says she's prepared to find a part-time job to make sure Hawk gets what he needs.
For now, the focus is on survival.
"We've got so much emotionally invested we are going to do everything we can. We are going to give him a chance," Good said.