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Overjoyed family reunited with Pitbull stolen 8 years prior

A Pitbull dog looks into camers dog-wow
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A missing Pitbull pup has been reunited with his forever family after a long eight-year wait. A story that just goes to show, you should never lose hope.

By Natasha James

Published on the 30/01/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

A little over eight years ago, Julie experienced one of the worst days of her life. Returning home after a day out, Julie and her family discovered that they’d had their home broken into.

But, the loss of their possessions paled into insignificance when they realised the callous thieves had also taken their beloved Pitbull dog, Junior.

Gone but not forgotten

The family spent years looking for him but Junior seemed to have disappeared without a trace, or so they thought...

Just before Christmas, Julie was online and spotted a picture on the Humane Society of Summit County’s website that looked incredibly similar to the dog that she’d lost.

She called up immediately and the animal rescue shelter explained that Junior (whom staff had called Buddy) had been rehomed three times but always ended up back at the shelter because he struggled to settle in.

A nerve-biting journey

The very next day, Julie travelled to the shelter with her family. While she wanted nothing more than to bring Junior home where he belonged, she knew he’d have to get on with her family for the arrangement to work.


We’re delighted to say everything went as well as it could and little Junior is now living with his original owner. Julie is delighted that after eight years of waiting, she finally has her dog back.

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