A Portland, OR, woman has received the news she has been waiting to hear for four YEARS this month.
In every dog owners worst-nightmare scenario, Crystal Sullenger went into her backyard one day to check up on her 11-month-old Pit Bull puppy ‘Star’, only to discover that she had escaped the fence and disappeared.
Despite endless attempts at trying to find her beloved pup – which included putting up posters around the neighborhood and driving slowly around every road in a ten-mile radius – Sullenger had no luck with tracking the lost pooch down. After two years of frantic searching, she finally gave up.
Sullenger and her husband filled the void by adopting two more in-need Pit Bulls, and the pair moved to a new city, Pendleton, where Sullenger took a job as an animal shelter (PAWS) manager.
Then, on May 8, a miracle struck. Sullenger received a phone call from another animal shelter back in Portland, who informed her that a stray Pit Bull they believed to be Star had turned up. She had been rescued by police who found her during a drug-raid on a house in Portland. Miraculously, Star was even still wearing the same collar that Sullenger had put on her, with her (now expired) contact details.
Sullenger immediately made plans to pick Star up. She spoke of the emotional and overwhelming moment the pair were reunited:
“I was in tears. It was amazing.”
Despite being hesitant at first – it had been four years, after all – the pooch quickly ran to Sullenger like an old friend.
Star had clearly been neglected by her temporary owners; her toenails were so long she couldn’t walk comfortably and her body showed evidence that she’d been bred from several times, but Sullenger is now working on building up her confidence and giving her a loving home with their family.