Shelter's staff 'in tears' over a neglected puppy who lost an ear in a dog attack

This neglected puppy was chained up early on and lost an ear to an attack by another dog. Rescued and nursed back to life by an animal shelter, the pooch still needed a place to call home. This is when he unexpectedly went viral.

Animal shelter's staff 'in tears' over a neglected puppy who lost an ear in a dog attack
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Animal shelter's staff 'in tears' over a neglected puppy who lost an ear in a dog attack

This quirky-looking puppy left people in tears and won everyone’s hearts despite having had a difficult start in life and losing an ear to a dog attack.

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Described as an ‘incredibly gentle and happy’, Bruno was rescued from a life of neglect and, luckily, his sweet nature found him a perfect home.

Chained up, neglected, and attacked

Bruno, a year-old pit bull puppy, had a hard start in life. He was chained up early on, with little attention given to him. He was attacked by another dog at one point, losing one of his ears.

Bruno had been rescued by a North Caroline-based shelter SPCA Wake.

The animal welfare organisation found him suffering from heartworm, a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in dogs.

But thanks to much-needed vet care, Bruno pulled through and won the hearts of everyone at the shelter.

Samantha Ranlet from the charity said:

Bruno is an incredibly gentle and happy dog. Despite having such a hard start to life and being treated with neglect, he is incredibly forgiving and has trusted all of us at SPCA Wake from day one.

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He chewed off his favourite toy’s ear

Being such a special dog, it came as no surprise that Bruno got his big break by going viral.

He ripped the ear off a plush dog toy, making for a cute photo as the stuffed pooch resembled him. Uploaded to Facebook, the images got more than 52,000 shares and drew attention to the quirky-looking pup.

Y’all 😭😭😭 Bruno tore one of the ears off his favorite stuffed toy — the same ear he’s missing himself. The staff...

Posted by SPCA of Wake County on Friday, February 3, 2023

According to Ranlet, the shelter team thought it was the cutest thing.

She added:

We later learned that a lot of people’s pets with missing body parts will do the same thing to their toys. Dogs with missing tails, limbs, ears, or eyes apparently have a habit of modifying their toys in the very same way. We found this really interesting, and it made us wonder if Bruno knew.

The charity were left in tears of joy after Bruno finally found his forever home.

A loving home at last

Spc. Levi Pinnix saw SPCA Wake’s Facebook post showing Bruno and his one-eared toy and fell in love with his face.

He was second in line for adopting the special pooch but as the first potential candidate fell through, Levi ended up meeting Bruno. The two got acquainted pretty quickly.

The new owner said:

They opened the door and the first thing he does is run up to you with his tail wagging. After about 30 minutes of playing with him, I knew I was taking him home.

And just like that, Bruno has a new dad!!! 🥰 Of course, his matching stuffie HAS to go with him so they can be buds...

Posted by SPCA of Wake County on Monday, February 6, 2023

Levi said Bruno is more people-friendly than he expected. He's now enjoying life as an indoor dog and even came house-trained.

He added:

At first, I thought he was going to be skittish or timid around people, but he's such a welcoming, warm, loving dog to have gone through what he did.

Bruno's back!!! 🥳 Don't worry, it's just a visit — he's getting his heartworm treatment! 🙌 Somewhere along the line,...

Posted by SPCA of Wake County on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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Sources used:

- Mirror: 'Neglected one-eared dog and matching toy finally find new forever home together'

- WRAL News: 'Fort Bragg Army specialist gives formerly neglected pit bull a new life'

This unwanted dog went through 14 failed adoptions, leaving shelter's staff in tears This unwanted dog went through 14 failed adoptions, leaving shelter's staff in tears