HUNTINGTON, NY (CBSNewYork) – A dog on Long Island that was facing death is alive today thanks to the drug Viagra.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reports

Ingrid has been popping the little blue pills for five years. When the pit bull first arrived at the Little Shelter in Huntington, she was on the brink of death and a veterinarian recommended Viagra to help her heart keep beating. It worked.

“What a lot of people do not know is that Viagra was originally developed as a heart medication,” said spokesperson Jodi Record. “Now, it is used for something else, but it is what has kept her alive.”

And there’s more good news for the pooch. She was adopted and her new owners say they have no problem giving her the Viagra every day.

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