10/06/2014 02:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stolen Bulldog, Wounded And Severely Underweight, Is Reunited With Owner

After a while away from home, this pup is thankfully back in the loving arms of her owner.

Nikita, a bulldog from Lodi, California, went missing from owner JoAnn Laing's home more than a month ago, Fox40 reported. After the dog’s disappearance, a neighbor told the outlet the animal was picked up and taken away in a black car.

Lucky for Laing, Lost And Found Pets 209, a Facebook group, notified her that someone was trying to sell her dog. Laing’s son was then able to go to the seller’s house and find their lost pup. Injured and underweight, Nikita was brought back to her rightful owner last Monday.

"I just couldn’t believe it. After a month and a half I got my Kita back," an emotional Laing told Fox40.

The seller told Fox 40 that she had purchased the dog from two men in a 7/11 parking lot after seeing an ad on Craigslist. When Nikita was handed over, she had a rope around her neck.

Though the seller is out of the $200 she paid for the pet, she said she's happy the pup is back where she belongs.

Nikita was found after a relatively short period of time, but for some stolen pups, their happy ending takes much longer. In 2006, Fatcat, a bulldog, was stolen from her Memphis home. After enduring neglect and abuse for eight years, she was brought to an animal shelter, and finally reunited with her owner in early August.

Other lost pets end up hundreds of miles from home, like Bailey, a Yorkshire terrier from Austin, Texas, who was found roaming the streets of Indianapolis, and returned to his owners six years after he disappeared.

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