Two Years After Being Stolen From Family, Ailing Dog To Be Reunited With Family

Ailing dog to be reunited with her family

A dog who was stolen from her family two years ago was recently discovered outside of a rest stop gas station in the southern part of New Jersey. The dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback named “Cali,” was near death when she was found…

A young Naval recruit happened upon the emaciated dog while driving home from her base in Virginia – it was readily apparent that the “stray” dog was desperately in need of help.

The woman reached out to Broken Promises Sanctuary for assistance – the organization opened its arms to Cali and it turns out that their help came in the nick of time.

Cali was more than skin and bones when she was found – she was also clearly ailing. Blood dripped continuously from one of Cali’s nostrils and a veterinary exam revealed the reason – a large, invasive tumor was inside of her nasal cavity. Initially, Cali was given just weeks to live, but with the help of a treatment center in Pennsylvania, the tumors are shrinking and Cali’s prognosis for survival has been increased to a year or more.

At Cali’s veterinary exams, something more than the tumor was found…it was also discovered that she had a microchip. Thanks to the information on that chip, her owner, Brittney DiBartolo, was contacted; according to the Asbury Park Press, the amazing news left DiBartolo shocked and in tears. Cali had been missing since May 2015 – in the years that had passed, the family moved from New York to North Carolina.

Soon (likely next month) Cali will be reunited with her true family – something that never would have happened if not for the good Samaritan at the rest stop gas station, the help of the Broken Promises Sanctuary, and the almighty microchip.

Funds are being raised to help cover Cali’s ongoing veterinary care – please click here to read more about how you can help.

Broken Promises Sanctuary Facebook page here.

(Images screenshots via Asbury Park Press)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Elaine Whinston says:

    Such a touching story!

  2. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    It’s so important to microchip your pet and KEEP THE INFORMATION CURRENT with the service provider….And never give up hope of finding your lost pet…

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