A happy dog was saved from death row after almost being put to sleep – because experts mistook him for a banned breed.
Buddy, a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, was almost killed after being accused of being an illegal, pit bull terrier-type dog.
But the 22-month-old pup is all smiles now after staff at the kennels where he was awaiting his fate realised there wasn’t an ounce of pit bull in him.
He arrived at KareBear Kennels and Doggy Day Care in Gillingham, Kent, as a tiny stray puppy, 18 months ago, but it has taken staff until now to finally get him to be declassified as dangerous.
KareBear staff said the hound was “clearly” not a pit bull but rather a Staffordshire bull terrier.
After 18 months at the kennels in Gillingham, an order for Buddy’s destruction was refused at Medway Magistrates’ Court last week and staff are now looking to find him a permanent home.
After one family heard of the victory on social media, they came to meet him on Monday and have been in every day since.
They even brought their own dog in to meet him and the pair are getting on well, so it is hoped the happy white dog will finally find a home.
Kennel owner Kelly Smith said: “For us, it was just sad that Buddy had lost all of this time because ever since he’s been here he hasn’t put a foot wrong.
“That is what has been so frustrating about the whole ordeal over the last 18 months.
“We all love him here and are so pleased with the outcome.”
Staffordshire bull terriers like Buddy, known as staffies, were voted Britain’s favourite dog breed last year.