On May 27, Sheila Salazar of Fayetteville, North Carolina, welcomed a pit bull mix named Nigel into her home. He’d made it to a local shelter after being rescued from his life as a bait dog, and Salazar was ready to turn his life around.
Hardship wasn’t over for the poor pup, though. As it turned out, a few months after his adoption, on Aug. 28, the dog was allegedly stolen — and once again, his fate was uncertain.
On Sept. 1, a woman found the gray dog after he followed her son home. Leah Biddinger, a local rescuer, was contacted and scanned the dog for a chip the next morning.
Thankfully, he had one, so Biddinger texted the number the chip company gave her and started walking the dog in the area he was found in case someone recognized him.
Salazar called her back, but as the two talked, they realized that returning the dog to his home was going to be tricky.
“I answer the phone and Shelia (Nigel’s owner) says you texted and said you have my dog,” Biddinger posted on Facebook. “I responded I DO!! Sheila tells me that Nigel had been STOLEN on August 28.
“I assure her he is safe and tell her to give me her address and I will bring him home. She responds I live in NC.
“I said ohhhh honey,