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Lost Two Years & Left For Dead: Cali Is Finally Going Home

by Amy Drew

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No one knows where Cali has been the past two years, but soon, mercifully, she will be back in the loving embrace of the family who lost her.

The dog was found wandering a New Jersey highway earlier this month, weak, emaciated and bleeding. A good Samaritan brought her in to the Broken Promises Animal Sanctuary where it was discovered she had a tumor in her head.

Moreover, though, a microchip revealed that Cali had a family who’d been missing her.

She disappeared from her home in Long Island, N.Y. two years earlier — vanished from the yard. Now, her time may be limited, but her family, who now lives in North Carolina, are thrilled to be getting her back.



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Cali gets some love from Anita Stout at the Broken Promises Animal Sanctuary. She’ll soon be reunited with her family. Photo: Thomas P. Costello /The Asbury Park Press via AP


“We went into this not knowing whether she was going to live or die,” Anita Innamorata-Stout​, vice president of Broken Promises, told WPIX-11.

The 5-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback was rushed in for three days of emergency radiation.

“They originally gave her days. If she would make it through the treatment, we weren’t sure. And now they’re giving her somewhere between 10 months and 18 months. And it could be more or it could be less, it depends on how she responds.”

The DiBartolo family will be driving up on June 4 to bring Cali home.

“They were sobbing that they lost her 2 years prior,” said Innamorata-Stout.

Cali, whose mood wavers from cheery to sleepy, still gets nosebleeds, but her rescuers and family are all praying for her recovery.

“Anything is possible at all. Where there is life there is hope.”