Three years and 1,700 miles after being stolen from a homeless woman, Ladybird, a Staffordshire Terrier, is finally back at home in Texas.
Ladybird was originally trained to be a service animal for a woman who suffered from narcolepsy and seizures. When the woman ended up homeless, Ladybird stayed by her side on the streets of Austin.
“This dog eventually took care of her, was her only family and pulled her wheelchair,” Sharon Henderson told FOX7 Austin.
The dog’s owner made a last, dying wish to Henderson and another woman, known as “Miss Jane,” to take care of Ladybird before she died. But before that happened, a homeless man made off with the dog in the middle of the night, Henderson told reporters.
Because Ladybird had a chip in her neck, Henderson and the other woman were eventually able to track her to Portland, Ore.
A month ago, Henderson and “Miss Jane” got a call that Ladybird had been found wandering the streets of Portland, weighing just 30 pounds and going deaf. The man who originally took her had died, and she was left to fend for herself.
“She hadn’t eaten in so long, had no jaw muscles. Her head muscles had atrophied and she couldn’t even chew. Her ribs were sticking out and she couldn’t even go up two stairs without falling backward,” Henderson recalled.
Once she was properly cared for, Ladybird regained her health was finally able to make the trip back home to her people in Texas.
“I want her to enjoy the rest of her life in the lap of luxury she’s never known, and have a family,” Henderson said.
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