DELRAY BEACH (CBSMiami) – There is a happy ending to the story of Elijah the pit bull, a severely abused dog found in Hialeah several weeks ago.

Elijah the dog was rescued by members of the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida and brought to Bluepearl Pet Hospital for emergency surgery.

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Investigators believe Elijah was being used as a bait dog for illegal dog fighting.

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When he was found, his injuries were so severe, he was nearly dead.

Elijah underwent life saving surgery, and then continued to recover at a foster home.

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But now, as CBS4 photojournalist David Aqudelo shows us in the video essay above, Elijah is now settling in with his new forever family in Delray Beach.