Dogfighting is illegal for an excellent reason. It is inhumane and the worst way to treat dogs. Fortunately, authorities have made a good effort to bust them. And in one raid done in Bennettsville, South Carolina, one rescued pit bull was found to have been stolen and used as a bait dog.
Just a pup
Nina was merely one and a half years old when she was stolen from April Morris. The owner said that the dog lived inside their home and was never chained. She had a collar and a name tag, but unfortunately, they were not able to microchip her.
April was devastated when she found out her dog was gone. She put up flyers and searched everywhere. She even offered a $500 reward to anyone who can help her find her dog. But sadly, Nina was never found.
Two years after
When authorities from Bennettsville discovered that an illegal dogfighting ring was operating in their area, they quickly set up a raid. They coordinated with the Humane Society of Marlboro County to help any dogs that they will rescue during their operation.
One of the dogs that they found was a deeply emaciated pitbull who had just given birth to a litter of ten pups. They saw that she had a lot of old wounds on her body, indicating that Nina was probably used as a bait dog. The rescue organization then took the poor dog to their shelter along with her puppies. Then they put the dog’s photo on their social media page.
That is when April saw Nina again. She was browsing on the shelter’s Facebook page, and she saw the photo. her heart skipped and she instantly knew that it was her. April called the shelter and confirmed that she was the owner of the pooch.
Everybody became emotional when they learned that the dog would be able to reunite with her former owner. And the emotions became even higher when the two finally saw each other again. Nina instantly recognized April and was wagging her tail furiously.
April said that it seemed surreal at first and then felt sad about what her dog had gone through. Nina is back home again, along with her puppies. When they grow bigger, they will have them adopted to homes that they know for sure will treat them right.
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