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Beloved pit bull stolen during home invasion—8 years later, mom sees him at shelter

January 15th, 2021

There may be some time when we let our pets out of our sight for a moment, only to find them gone. Some would immediately panic, worrying so much about where their pets have gone. It would be lucky if the pet was only hanging around in a place they overlooked, but some could just not find them no matter how many people shouted, and no how many missing posters were posted.

This family from Ohio suffered this fate 12 years ago.

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Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County Source: Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County

A sweet pit bull terrier mix named Junior had lived with Julia Nemeth from Ohio ever since he was a puppy. Nemeth raised him, providing all his basic needs as well as the loving attention that Junior deserves. However, one day, Nemeth’s home was ransacked, with Junior missing from her sight. No matter how much she called for him, Junior never responded nor appeared in front of her.

She was heartbroken but she was not willing to give up.

Nemeth went searching for photos in the local shelter and lost-and-found pet groups online and even claimed to have found him on Craigslist for sale, only the poster never responded to her. She did these for years but to no luck.

At the same time, there was a dog who was returned a couple of times to HSSC.

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Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County Source: Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County

Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) had trouble finding a home for a particular pit bull terrier mix named Buddy. He was adopted three times by three different families, only to be returned to HSSC for reasons they didn’t understand. HSSC believes that he is one sweet pooch, and there should be no problems living with him. They thought that maybe he was just never the right fit for the family and decided to keep him in case the right person would come. The devastated family continued to search for their dog until they saw a shining ray of hope.

Eight years later, and the Nemeths continued to scour the internet for photos of their dog.

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Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County Source: Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County

One day, in mid-December, Julia found a photo that closely resembles their beloved Junior, uploaded on the HSSC website. She could not believe her eyes, but at the same time, the family felt the heart-warming feeling of hope and joy. They rushed to the shelter, and the moment they reached the place, they immediately knew that it was their dog for sure! It seems that Buddy, the shelter dog that was surrendered three times, was actually their Junior!

“I keep asking my husband to pinch me because I can’t believe this is real,” Julia Nemeth told WKYC in an interview.

Their reunion was an early Christmas gift for the family.

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Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County Source: Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County

It was the perfect season for news just as great as this.

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Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County Source: Facebook/Humane Society of Summit County

No matter how many years came, even with the pandemic, the family never failed to believe that they can see their pet again. Now, he’s finally residing in the place that Junior has always considered the perfect home. Julia was in shock, but at the same time happy for the early Christmas blessing that she had been wishing for eight years.

“I can’t believe Junior is home. He carried me through the challenges of my life, and to have him back means everything to me,” Julia said.

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Source: Little Things

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