Last year, a Missouri resident’s dog, Dylan Summers, was hit by a car.
A pit bull named Athena survived, but lost part of her tail and one of her hind legs.
Dylan did not skimp on the best doctors so that his pet was healthy again.
And when Athena was barely on the mend, and still undergoing treatment, she suddenly disappeared.
The owner ran around the entire area, looking for the dog personally and through social media. But there was no trace of her.
Dylan did not believe that the weak and still not too healthy Athena could just run away from the backyard, and suspected that she had been stolen.
A whole year of searching yielded no results. The family had no choice but to accept and move on. And Dylan thought about getting a new pet.
Before the New Year, the man was looking at shelter websites with catalogs of animals and suddenly saw a very familiar face.
And when in another photo he saw the missing hind leg of the dog, there was no doubt: this is his Athena!
Dylan immediately called Gateway Pet Guardians, which was located in East St. Louis an hour from his home, and left an urgent message.
The director of the institution, Alicia Vianello, answered him.
The woman said that Athena, along with several other animals, was seized in December from the owners, who did not care about the pets and put their lives and health at risk.
Alisha immediately noticed how different Athena was from other dogs.
It was clear that she had undergone a serious, expensive operation, for which her current owners could hardly pay.
After talking with Dylan, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. And the woman immediately arranged a meeting between the man and the missing pet.
On New Year’s Eve, Athena was reunited with her owner.
The dog did not forget Dylan and was happy after all the trials to return home again, where a lot of sweets and warm hugs were waiting for her.
According to Dylan, he still does not believe in what happened and considers the unexpected return of Athena a real New Year’s miracle.