A senior bull terrier named "Rica," who was stolen in mid-September from her Austin, Texas, home has been reunited with her worried guardian, reported Wednesday's KXAN News.
On Sept. 30, Rica's guardian, Stephanie Hardie, got a call from a stranger who stated that he believed that he had her 13-year-old dog. The man on the phone advised Rica that his mother saw an ad about the missing dog in the paper, and he believed that the missing dog, and the dog in his possession, were one and the same.
Hardie's initial thought was that the lead would prove to be another disheartening dead end - but this time, the lead panned out to be valid.
The man told Hardie that he had purchased the dog for $200 from someone who approached him at a job site. The man who sold Rica to the good Samaritan, had advised that he had "papers" on her, and promised to return with them - but he never did.
The man on the phone also told Hardie that Rica was in bad shape...she would not eat and only stared at the ground.
Within hours, Hardie connected with the man who had Rica - meeting at a designated meeting place near a police station. Unfortunately, the man was right - the senior dog was in poor shape.
Hardie describes her first glimpse of Rica:
He opened the car door and Rica lay in the floorboard, barely moving. Her skin was a mess and she had multiple bite wounds. She was feverish and seemed disoriented.
Rica's guardian insisted that the man take $200 - the amount which he had paid to the stranger at the job site.
Rica was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for treatment, and then released to finally go back to her home.
On Monday, Hardie stated:
We arrived at home and Rica was very happy to get some people food treats and to be reunited with her bed. She also had some chicken strips, french fries, and a hot bath!!
At this moment, she is on the couch next to me, snoring and chasing cats in her sleep.
Read the prior story about Rica's disappearance here.
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