Man Finds Stolen Pit Bull Just Days Before Scheduled Euthanization

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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A man's refusal to give up on his dog led him to find the stolen pit bull just days before he was scheduled to be euthanized. 

Barry Gearhart raised his pit bull, Titan, from a puppy. But then, last year, Titan was stolen from Gearhart's truck while Gearhart ran an errand. Heartbroken, Gearhart looked for his stolen dog everywhere. Unfortunately, the dog was nowhere to be found.

But Gearhart didn't give up on his dog, and recently posted another message looking for Titan on Facebook. A volunteer reached out to Gearhart, explaining that Titan looked an awful lot like a dog that was living in a local shelter. The dog was scheduled to be euthanized in just a few days, since he was an older pit bull and there had been no interest in the dog.

Take a look at this video to see the awesome reunion.

Having your dog go missing, whether they've been stolen or have gotten lost, is one of the worst feelings in the world. But there are ways that you can increase your dog's chances of coming home safely.

First of all, always make sure that your dog is microchipped. If your dog does end up in a shelter, or if someone finds him and brings him to a vet, they can scan your dog for a microchip and can contact you. However, you need to keep your microchip registration and contact information updated, especially if you move or change your phone number.

It's also important to ensure that you have quality photos of your dog from all sides. Having clear photos which depict your dog's markings can increase the chances of people being able to identify him, whether they spot him in a shelter or out on a street. Take the time to get good photos of your dog right now, if you haven't done so already.

Gearhart refused to give up on Titan, and it paid off. He may have just saved his dog's life after not having seen him for more than a year.

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Man Finds Stolen Pit Bull Just Days Before Scheduled Euthanization