An abused dog that lived in ‘terror’ of his violent owner is now searching for a loving new home after he was rescued.
Bronson, an American Bulldog, was abused for most of his life by his owner Simon Shepherd, of Raeburn Way, Sheffield.
The four-year-old was brutally beaten with a metal pipe and broom handles and made to stay outside on a balcony with no shelter in all weathers.
Neighbours even saw Shepherd beat Bronson severly and then throw cold water over him before leaving him outside in the cold for hours. He was rescued by the RSPCA.
At Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, Shepherd was found guilty of causing Bronson unnecessary suffering. He was banned from keeping animals for 25 years and was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work, 20 days of rehabilitation activity and must pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge in April.
Bronson is now being looked after in a foster home but is looking for a forever family.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “Despite his terrible life Bronson has had a behaviour assessment which he passed without any problems. He is well trained and knows several commands.
“We are desperate to find this loving, gentle boy a home of his own after he has spent 16 months in kennels. He is good with most dogs and would be suited to a home with a large breed female dog.”
Bronson is suited to an adult-only home as he is nervous of fast movement and loud noises.
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