An animal rescue agency based on Long Island announced over the weekend it has recovered Ginja, a pit bull that was seized from a Buffalo man accused of dog fighting and then stolen from the Buffalo Animal Shelter.
“Ginja is safe!” Guardians of Rescue of Smithtown reported on its Facebook page. “Our president, Robert Misseri, has done it again! Guardians of Rescue has successfully negotiated her return.”
The agency said the dog named Ginja has been taken to an undisclosed location and that she is not in the care of Guardians of Rescue.
Misseri told WIVB-TV that the agency hired a private investigator to find the dog. WIVB said Ginja was turned over to Guardians of Rescue in a park and that she was in good condition, despite having been kept in a crate.
Misseri said that the cuts Ginja suffered from fighting had healed and that she would be put up for adoption. A $7,000 reward had been offered for her return.
Ginja was one of four malnourished dogs seized from the Erb Street home of Shannon Richardson, 34, when he was arrested Dec. 7.
Richardson, a Buffalo police cellblock attendant who has been suspended from his job, is free on $7,500 bail after his arraignment earlier this month on three felony counts of promotion of animal fighting and two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
He also faces a misdemeanor count of prohibition of animal fighting in connection with fight-training equipment recovered from his home.