Given to Russo as a Christmas present in 2008 from his mother, Bones stayed with Russo’s ex-girlfriend when he joined the Army and left for basic training and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.
“We were broken up before I left, but she was taking care of her [Bones], so I thought,” Russo told ABC News. “Then I got home and realized she had surrendered her.”
Russo attempted to contact his ex, but found out her number and address had changed. Russo tried to find Bones, but didn’t have any luck. As an animal lover, he often checks humane society websites just to see the animals there, and he had an unbelievable spotting last week.
“I had a feeling that day and I went on the website and there she was,” Russo said of Bones.
The 5-year-old bulldog had been safely sheltered and up for adoption at the Flagler Humane Society in Palm Coast, Florida.
Russo’s ex-girlfriend “actually went to a veterinarian to have her euthanized and the doctor wouldn’t do it so he told her to surrender her here, so we took Bones in,” Flagler Humane Society development coordinator Jeffrey Ritter told ABC News.
“She was really depressed when she got here. She actually lived in my office and not in the kennel and we took care of her and got her rehabilitated,” Ritter said. “You could tell she had been really loved because she was one of the most well-behaved dogs. I’ve never heard her bark and she was completely housebroken and could sit and shake on command.”