- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Phoenix woman is elated after her dog was found eight years after it was stolen from her Memphis backyard.

“Fatcat,” a 2-year-old English bulldog, was stolen from owner Lashena Harris when they were living in Memphis eight years ago. Ms. Harris had since moved 1,400 miles away to Phoenix when she got a call a couple of weeks ago that Fatcat, who has a microchip, had been found in a dump and dropped off at an animal rescue shelter, a local Fox affiliate reported.

“It was complete shock,” Ms. Harris said. “I just never thought I would see her again.”

The owner believes Fatcat was turned into a breeding machine, since people pay between $3,000 and $4,000 for a purebred English bulldog puppy. She’s 10 now, with tumors, periodontal disease, heartworm and other ailments due to years of abuse, the station reported.

Ms. Harris has set up a crowdfunding campaign at http://www.gofundme.com/czjpe8 and hopes to raise $5,000 in donations for Fatcat’s veterinary care.

“What are the chances of us four crossing paths in this manner? This wasn’t supposed to happen, and it did,” Ms. Harris said.

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