Brave dog Dudley is a bundle of joy in new home after cruel Barrow ordeal
Last updated at 10:56, Thursday, 06 March 2014
THE puppy that was savagely kicked and thrown around a Barrow yob’s garden is enjoying a new lease of life at a new home.
Dudley the dog was rescued by the RSPCA after a neighbour filmed Liam Backhouse viciously throwing him around the garden of his Rising Side home in Barrow, and now the plucky pup has found a new owner.
Inspector Chris Towling works for the RSPCA in north Cumbria and volunteered to foster the puppy after he was seized last year but now Dudley, who was previously named Titan, has stolen his heart and he has decided he will become a permanent fixture at his home.
Dudley had been subjected to a horrific attack after he had messed on the carpet of Backhouse’s home. Mr Towler said when he first took the pup in he was displaying the hallmarks of a puppy that had been abused but now after a few months of TLC he’s enjoying a dog’s life once again.
Mr Towler said: “When we first took him he was extremely nervous about going outside, he hated the rain and would do anything he could to run back inside to avoid it.
“Toilet training has been quite a battle – at first he tried to hide the poo which is a classic sign of a dog that has been punished.
“He would either do it behind the sofa or try and eat it.
“At first, if you picked him up so his legs were off the ground he would just freeze but now we’re getting to the point where you can pick him up, and you can verbally correct him without him being a shivering wreck.”
Dudley is now part of Mr Towler’s family home with two other dogs and cats in the north of the county.
He added: “He’s really come out of his shell and he acts like the bundle of joy these dogs are renowned for.
“It’s been a good end in terms of the justice done but also for the victim here, Dudley.”
Backhouse was jailed for 80 days and banned from owning animals for seven years by district judge Mr Gerald Chalk at Furness Magistrates’ Court this week.
First published at 09:05, Thursday, 06 March 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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