A Pit Bull who went missing more than a year ago has been rescued during a cockfighting raid in South Carolina and is now reunited with her owners.
This is the amazing, heartwarming tale of a very rough journey taken by a beloved Pit Bull named Nina Louise. April Morris of Bennetsville, SC, searched for nearly two years after Nina Louise went missing in December 2013.
Nina Louise was stolen from her Bennettsville home on December 27th, 2013. Owner April Morris was devastated, and put up flyers everywhere. She offered a $500 reward, but no trace of her dog could be found.
“We walked miles to find her. I’d walk until I couldn’t walk anymore,” April said.
Then one night they were watching a story on the local television news about a massive cockfighting ring that had been broken up by law enforcement in a neighboring county.
Morris recognized Nina despite the year that had gone by and despite the abuse she had been subjected to.
Morris rushed to the phone and called the Humane Society to claim the pit bull as their own. As soon as they went there and Nina Louise saw her family, she started wagging her tail, they immediately knew that the pit bull was theirs, but they needed more proof. They asked for any specifics and April said she had two white spots on her neck. The pit bull had scars on her face and was in bad shape, but they were happy to have her back.
They had a joyous reunion. Despite her malnourished and battered condition, Nina Louise immediately recognized April and couldn’t stop wagging her tail.
“Everybody was crying,” Jennifer said. “There was no doubt that she knew who that was. It was very emotional.”April soon learned that Nina was a mother to a litter of puppies only a few weeks old. Based on the number of scars she has, it is likely that Nina was used as a bait dog before having the puppies that may have been used to be fighters someday.
“I wish she’d have been in better shape, but she’s alive, she’s here with us, and she’ll never go through that again,” April said.Homes have already been found for the puppies, but they will continue to stay with Nina until they are ready to leave.
Deputies arrested 27 people on various charges at the bust.