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Pit bull gets flight to P.E.I. after Ontario ban complicates journey home

Lucy the pit bull is happily adjusting to her P.E.I. surroundings with her family after a stressful homecoming journey.

'It's been stressful, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of wondering why and how, thank God it's now over'

Lucy the pit bull adjusts to her P.E.I. surroundings. (CBC)

Lucy the pit bull is happily adjusting to her P.E.I. surroundings with her family after a stressful homecoming journey.

Tera Joseph and her family — fiancé Brad and 3-year-old son Coby — ran into a roadblock last week as they were driving home to P.E.I. from Fort McMurray: Ontario's ban on pit bulls meant they couldn't drive through the province.

It's wonderful to be home and finally relax.— Tera Joseph

"It's been absolutely crazy, between the fire and trying to get Lucy home, it's been quite a nightmare." 

Three organizations teamed up to fly Lucy, along with Joseph and Coby, home: Charlee's Angels for the Animals, Pilots N Paws Canada and WestJet.

They landed in Charlottetown on Saturday. 

'Wonderful to be home'

The family received permission to land for a night in Toronto before coming home to Charlottetown.

The family lives in Fort McMurray but the wildfire forced them to return to P.E.I. 

They couldn't drive through the U.S. because they didn't have passports. 

"It's been stressful, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of wondering why and how, thank God it's now over," said Joseph. 

"It's wonderful to be home and finally relax." 

Lucy the pit bull from Fort McMurray with two of her humans, Tera Joseph and Coby. (CBC)

Relocation might be permanent

Joseph's fiancé is driving the family vehicle home, and is still on the road. 

The family is staying with Joseph's sister in Charlottetown until they decide if they want to return to Alberta.

They're considering remaining on P.E.I. permanently.

Their home in Fort McMurray is still standing, but likely has severe smoke damage. 

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