Dogs are not just pets, but sometimes beloved members of the family. So when one Long Island family’s dog was kidnapped from their backyard, they were devastated and did everything possible to find her.
The Di Bartolo family exhausted every option in order to find their dog named Cali, but as months passed without any sign of her, they started losing hope that they would ever be reunited. However, two years later, Cali was found in early April almost 200 miles away in New Jersey.
“She was skin and bones,” rescuer Anita Innamorata Stout said about the Ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback. “Unfortunately, you can tell she had been mistreated or on her own for a while. She was very sweet, she pretty much just let us do whatever we needed to do with her,” said veterinarian Dr. Mary Qwacz.
The vet found a chip in Cali and was able to find her original owners, who had since moved to North Carolina, and told them the news. “I just dropped to my knees and was in tears,” Brittney di Bartolo said. However, the news wasn’t all good. While treating Cali, the team discovered she had nasal cancer and had just a week left to live. “I told Anita, even if it’s for one hour, a day, 10 years, whatever it is, I want my dog back,” di Bartolo said.
Cali was given treatment for her cancer, and she responded incredibly well. Now, it’s expected she has about 18 more months to live. This past weekend, Cali was finally reunited with her family, and they all dropped to the ground in tears when they finally saw her again.
Watch the entire video below to see the touching moment this family is reunited with their beloved dog years after he was taken from them.
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