Now the dog, who Aberdeen police say killed a West Highland terrier tied up in its garage, is with police. Sally has a gunshot wound and a broken leg but is alive.
Badenhorst said she and her husband, Mattheus Badenhorst, are excited to see the dog again.
"Both of us are just like, ‘OK,’ ” she said by phone Tuesday night. "We just want to see if she's OK, what's going on?"
Earlier Tuesday, Badenhorst recounted how her family, including a young pit bull, Hercules, and the family's three small children, ages 11 months to 4 years, brought Sally into their home in early September.
"We rescued Sally because she was very emaciated and kennel-stressed," Badenhorst said. "No one would rescue her."
Badenhorst described Sally as a boxer-black Lab mix, though Stacey Franks at the Aberdeen Area Humane Society, which adopted the dog out to the Badenhorsts, said Tuesday that Sally's paperwork was filed as a Lab-pit bull mix.
Badenhorst's home near North Second Street and Seventh Avenue Northwest has a big privacy fence, and the dogs could run in the yard, Badenhorst said.
Oct. 2, Sally apparently pushed her way out of the yard through a loose board near where the deck meets the fence, Badenhorst said. Hercules followed his new friend through the hole.
"I put fliers on my Facebook page. My husband searched on foot for two hours; I searched for two hours," Badenhorst said.
They called Aberdeen police.
"If you have any information, here's my address, here's my phone number, here's my husband's cellphone," she said she told police.
"I told dispatch, ‘I don't know what she would do if she gets cornered, out in the open,’ ” Badenhorst said.
The family got a call the next night, Oct. 3.
Hercules was found in a field near Village Bowl, Badenhorst said. When the family went to meet police there, they heard horrific news.
"Did you know your dog has been deemed dangerous or hazardous?" the officer asked Badenhorst.
He told the family their dogs killed another dog.
"He could have punched me in the stomach," Badenhorst said.
Police have since told the American News, however, that they believe Hercules did not kill Pearl, the West Highland terrier.
Badenhorst's husband again searched for Sally and ended up near the Veterans of Foreign War building near Stewart Drive, where Pearl, owned by Jack May and his family, was killed in their garage about a mile or so from the Badenhorsts' home.