When Honeystings was a new breed, she was a little different from the other dogs on the block.
“We were the only dogs that didn’t have horns, and we were the smallest,” she told The Associated Press.
“So we got away with a lot.”
She had no idea what was going on when she was taken away by federal authorities after being taken to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in March, after an investigation by a New York City police officer found she had a history of bites.
Honeystingers were adopted by the HSUS in 2007, but they were not allowed to be bred for food.
They are still considered a protected breed.
But this time around, a judge ordered that Honeystickers be removed from the American Kennel Club (AKC) registry, and now, after a long fight, she is home.
“It’s very gratifying to know that this dog has finally returned to the American public and to the HSUs,” HSUS spokeswoman Sarah Dennison said.
“She is the first dog that we have brought home.”
She said the dogs have also been released into foster care, and that they have been given an “emergency home” for now.
Honeybups new owner, a former police officer, said she has no idea how she is going to get through her first few days back on the street.
“I am still trying to figure it out,” she said.
She said she will try to go home with a smile on her face, but also to remember the dogs she loves.
“There is so much I want to say, but I’m still a little overwhelmed,” she explained.
“The HSUS is my first priority.”
She also has to get used to the fact that she has to wear a harness and leash when she goes out.
“If I had to wear it, I would be like, ‘Oh, my God,'” she said, adding that she is already starting to worry about how to feed the new baby, and whether or not she will be able to keep the dogs together after she gets home.
The Humane Society also hopes to find a permanent home for Honeystancers, and said the organization would look into moving her back to a sanctuary.
The group also has started an appeal for any people who have pictures or videos of Honeystiers that they would like to share with the public.
The HSUS said they would be accepting pictures and videos of the dogs for anyone who wants to share them, including people who may have the dogs in their homes.