Story at a glance

  • A Pennsylvania woman was reportedly reunited with her dog after several years when she spotted her missing rottweiler-pitbull mix on a local Humane Society pet adoption webpage.
  • Aisha Nieves said she realized the mix was her dog “Kovu,” whom she adopted at seven weeks old, when she noticed a unique scar above his eye.
  • "I saw the little scar over one eye, the scar from when he got caught in a gate, and I was like, 'Oh my God, that's my baby, that's Kovu!'"

A Pennsylvania woman was reportedly reunited with her dog after several years when she spotted her missing rottweiler-pitbull mix on a local Humane Society pet adoption webpage. 

Aisha Nieves said she realized the mix was her dog "Kovu," whom she adopted at seven weeks old, when she noticed a unique scar above his eye, according to The Morning Call. Kovu disappeared in 2019. Kovu wandered off from Nieves's home in May 2019. 

"I thought, 'Wait, that can't be him,'" Nieves told the outlet. "Then, I saw the little scar over one eye, the scar from when he got caught in a gate, and I was like, 'Oh my God, that's my baby, that's Kovu!'" 

Lehigh County Humane Society director of development Deirdre Snyder told the Morning Call that the center found Kovu in rough shape, adding that he needed flea treatment and "was missing hair on his hind end and had inflammation."

"He was treated with antibiotics and bathed with a special medical shampoo," Snyder said. "He was in our shelter for about four months and then adopted out to a family Oct. 25, 2019."

The family returned Kovu on June 12 of this year, saying they may possibly be evicted from their home and that they needed to surrender the dog.

"We accepted him and waived the surrender fee. Kovu was in good health."


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Nieves came across her missing pup, who had been named "Ash," 6 days later, according to the outlet. The Human Society told Nieves she needed an ID and a photo with Kovu before his disappearance. 

"I was nervous," she said. "I was sweating. My hands started shaking. I was scared he wouldn’t remember me because it had been so long. I sat there, waiting for them to bring him out. Then, something made me look up and I locked eyes with him and saw him wagging his tail."

"He was screaming, trying to get away from the guy holding him and run to me. Then, he just jumped on me and we started kissing and hugging," Nieves added. "He sat on my lap. I told him, 'Yeah, buddy, you’re going home. I’m so sorry this happened. Never again am I losing you.'"


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Published on Jun 29, 2021