GALLIPOLIS — A pit bull was reunited with a past owner Tuesday at the Gallia County K-9 Shelter after having been picked up from the United Producers Inc. auction house on Jackson Pike.
According to Gallia County Dog Warden Laurie Cardillo, shelter workers received a call Jan. 12 in regard to a female pit bull that had wandered into a bathroom at the auction house facility in an attempt to find shelter in the wintry weather. The warden and associate warden went to collect the animal that day.
According to Cardillo, a shelter volunteer recognized the dog from an apartment complex at a Bidwell address, Heatley Crossing. Cardillo called contacts at the apartment asking if anyone had recognized the animal. One individual did recognize the animal and contacted Lacie Skeens, the original owner of Bailey.
Bailey is roughly 1½ years old.
According to Skeens, she had originally received Bailey from a man who had moved into some apartments she oversaw. After a time, Skeens felt the animal was too much for her family to take on due to family issues in the household.
Skeens started asking around for someone to temporarily look after the animal. Around the time the dog was six months old, Skeens handed care of Bailey to another tenant. After checking in with the tenant after a period of time, the dog had been bred, to Skeens’ surprise.
Skeens asked the tenant to keep the animal a short time longer as she was handling a family emergency that day but wished to collect the dog. When she called back the following day, the dog had apparently been given away.
Shelter workers had collected the animal a short distance from the apartment complex after receiving the call from United Producers Inc.
Shelter workers donated a spay voucher for Bailey when Skeens and a friend, Nicole Long, of Bidwell, arrived to collect the dog. Long is to assume temporary custody of the animal until Skeens and family come to a calmer point in their lives.
Cardillo said she was happy with how events turned out because pit bull breed animals are often difficult to adopt out of shelters.
American pit bull terriers are often considered medium-build dogs with a short coat and a smooth muscular build.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.