Woman ‘ecstatic’ to find dog one year later

Stolen, overbred and abused, Isabelle’s back home

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

The children’s song is “The Cat Came Back.” Isabelle knew that a dog could, too.

Nearly one year after being stolen from her owner’s yard, the purebred boxer was returned to her owner after the owner saw a picture of Isabelle online at RescueMe.org, a website animal advocates use to share photos of adoptable animals.

Submitted photo Isabelle is reunited with her owner on Wednesday at the Richmond County Animal Shelter a year after being stolen.

Submitted photo
Isabelle is reunited with her owner on Wednesday at the Richmond County Animal Shelter a year after being stolen.

Hanna Marks, of the Humane Society of Richmond County, said the owner came today and retrieved Isabelle, who had been named Chic during her stay at the Richmond County Animal Shelter.

“She was really, really happy,” Marks said. “Ecstatic.”

Marks estimated Isabelle was at the shelter between four and eight weeks. The dog’s owner said she’d purchased Isabelle from a breeder and planned to cap Isabelle’s breeding to two litters. After the first one, though, the dog was stolen.

During the time away, Isabelle was “heavily abused and starved,” Marks said. “She’d been limping on her back leg. She was very, very skinny. She was just overall unhealthy.”

The dog owner displayed photos of Isabelle prior to being stolen and eventually picked up by animal control along Highway Business 74 in Hamlet, and Marks said “it was like a different dog. She was happy and fat and healthy.”

Isabelle’s been bred, too, Marks said.

“You could tell she’s had litter after litter after litter,” she said.

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