A DOG rescued from 'intimidation and abuse' by a Wirral RSPCA inspector is now said to be so happy that he had to have his tail amputated after injuring it while wagging it with happiness too hard.

Ten-year-old bull mastiff Benny was rescued by RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes and his story features on tonight's episode of The Dog Rescuers, which airs on Channel 5 at 7pm.

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Anthony (pictured above with Benny) said: "Benny was seized by police from a house in the Wirral after a neighbour captured video of him being tormented by his owner and reported it to the RSPCA.

"The man was using intimidation and abuse to apparently show Benny who was 'head of the pack'.

"All of the aggression was directed towards the dog. That dog would have been in his kennel shaking and fretting through pure fear.”

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Benny was initially very nervous when he was taken to the vets - who found scarring on his legs and pressure sores from lying on hard ground - and was then taken in by RSPCA Wirral & Chester branch while Anthony investigated.

Benny was later rehomed by Luis Estrada and Sophie Eleanor, from Manchester.

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Benny settles down in new home

Sophie said: "Benny has settled in brilliantly now and is a very happy dog.

"In fact, he may be too happy! Vets had to amputate his tail recently because he injured it by wagging so much!

"He enjoys his daily walks and really enjoys swimming. He certainly doesn’t behave his age."

The couple spotted him online and fell in love with his description.

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Benny settles down in new home

"They'd written that he ‘needed a hand to hold’ and it was so endearing," Sophie added.

"We went to visit him and fell in love with him.

"He was quite nervous when he first came here.

"He was anxious and wary; he didn’t know if he could trust us or not.

"But with time and patience he’s more settled. It’s been really rewarding to see him become so happy."

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