A rescued dog wagged his tail so hard after happily escaping his abusive owner – vets were forced to cut it off.

Benny the Bull Mastiff, was rescued from a house in the Wirral after living in fear under the hands of his owner whose neighbour captured the cruelty on video and reported it to the RSPCA.

RSCPA inspector, Anthony Joynes was featured on the latest episode of The Dog Rescuers and told how although the 10-year-old pet now has a new home – he's had to go under the knife for surgery.

Mr Joynes 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… the dog would have been in his kennel shaking and fretting through pure fear.”

Benny was taken in by the RSPCA Wirral and Chester branch and treated by vets, then later rehomed by Luis Estrada and Sophie Eleanor from Manchester.

Ms Eleanor 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!

“They'd (the RSPCA) written that he 'needed a hand to hold' and it was so endearing… we went to visit 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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Tail docking is now considered to be a mutilation under UK law, however, there are some exemptions, such as removal of the tail by a vet for medical reasons or for certain breeds of working dogs.

The Dog Rescuers will air on Channel 5 on Tuesday June 22 at 7pm.

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