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An emaciated pit bull puppy found abandoned in Paterson, New Jersey, is hopefully on the road to recovery and will be able to find a loving home.

Animal control found the dog on Tuesday evening. He was shaking, covered in feces and urine, and struggling to walk. Animal control contacted Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. and Jersey Pits Rescue for help.

The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge is seeking a home for Fig, a pit bull who was discovered emaciated on the streets of Paterson, once he recovers.

Fig was left abandoned and was found "a skeleton of what he should be, shaking, alone," refuge employees said, adding that Fig "struggled to walk."

The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in New Jersey is a shelter of last resort.

"Our purpose is really to take the ones that don't have anywhere else to go. And that was Sadie," said executive director Megan Brinster.

Sadie was nearly 100 pounds and she wasn't great with men, which is why three other shelters turned her away. It's also why Brian Myers adopted her.

"I thought, let me give this dog a chance because she's beautiful and I think I can work through her issues," Myers said.

He thought he was rescuing her. Little did he know he was saving his savior.

Myers said his dog helped to save his life. "She knew that I was in trouble and was distressed," Myers said. "I took a hold of her collar and she knew to assist me in getting the help I needed and began to pull with all of her strength. With her help I was able to move across the floor to get my phone."

Myers said adopting Sadie was "the best decision I could have made, because she is amazingly loving and my best friend." Myers reportedly adopted Sadie from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in October of 2020.

(CNN)Last September, Brian Myers walked into a New Jersey animal shelter and rescued Sadie, a German shepherd, giving her another chance at life.

Four months later, Sadie would do the same for him.
Heather Centrella, the office manager at Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, said she got a call from Myers last week. It wasn't to return Sadie to the shelter in Oakland, New Jersey, but rather to tell her what Sadie did.

A 6-year-old German shepherd named Sadie wasn't the easiest dog at the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, being an anxious pup who didn't always get along well with men.

But now Sadie's being called a hero. Brian Myers rescued Sadie just a few months ago — and a couple of weeks ago, she rescued him.

Myers had a stroke in his Teaneck home in the middle of the night and collapsed to the floor. Sadie came and lied down next to him, licking his face and crying. Myers said he could tell she was in distress as he was on the floor. He was able to grab onto her collar, and Sadie took it from there.

TEANECK, New Jersey (WABC) -- The owner of a heroic German shepherd in New Jersey is speaking out about how his precious rescue dog managed to be the one to rescue him instead.

Brian Myers, 59, suffered a stroke on Jan. 16 and collapsed on his bedroom floor.

That is when 6-year-old Sadie jumped into action and helped Myers make it to the phone.

OAKLAND, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — When most people adopt a dog they’re looking for companionship. But one owner got so much more.

“When I talk about this story, I get emotional,” Brian Myers told CBS2’s Steve Overmyer on Wednesday.

Myers is currently in rehab after suffering a stroke.

“I’ve had mild paralysis on the left side of my body and I’m having difficulty speaking. But Im making great progress here. Last week, I wasn’t able to use my fingers and now I can open my full hand,” Myers said.

The fact he’s still alive can be traced to the day he met Sadie at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.

“We had developed a strong bond,” Myers said.

Sadie saves the day!

The 6-year-old German shepherd from New Jersey is being hailed a hero after she protected and comforted her owner during his stroke, according to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, where Sadie lived prior to her adoption.