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Family's delight as pitbull Zeus is saved from 'death row'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

By Amy Downward / amy.downward@swwmedia.co.uk / @Amy_SWalesPost

Nicholas Stock has been reunited with pet dog Zeus.

Nicholas Stock has been reunited with pet dog Zeus.

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A MAN has been reunited with his beloved dog after it spent 'nine months on death row' for biting a woman on her backside.

Nicholas Stock's two-year-old dog Zeus was taken away by police officers to a kennel in September last year after he nipped a 60-year-old woman in Balaclava Street in St Thomas.

The woman was taken to Singleton Hospital where she was treated for the wound and received a tetanus jab.

After the incident the family, from Sketty, say Zeus was taken away to 'dog custody' in Bridgend and was on 'death row'.

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Mr Stock, 24, said: "I've had Zeus since he was eight-weeks-old.

"When he was taken away I was devastated, it was like losing an arm.

"It has been really hard without him and I did not think I would get him back.

"I thought he was going to be put down.

"However I did not give up hope and I am absolutely ecstatic to get him back."

After a nine month fight Zeus returned home on Tuesday.

Mr Stock said yesterday: "I woke up this morning feeling very hyperactive and have felt happy all day. It is the best news I have heard all year. I am definitely going to spoil Zeus now he is back."

Mr Stock's mother, Jennifer, said the family were very happy to get Zeus back.

Mrs Stock said: "He was on death row and could have been put down.

"I have six grandchildren and they all love him. I would trust him with anybody.

"He is such a softy and a great dog.

"We never had any issues before."

Mr Stock was convicted in February this year of being in possession of a prohibited breed as the dog was a pitbull type.

He was told to pay £165 by Swansea Magistrates Court.

Now the courts have finally agreed Zeus could return home but with strict conditions.

He will have to wear a muzzle when out and about in public.

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  • kjag23  |  June 30 2014, 3:19PM

    Angry Dunvant, would like to see you have a 'nip on the bottom' from a pitbull!

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  • charioteer17  |  June 30 2014, 8:50AM

    Indeed...just like you have done. A nip on the bottom or a bite on the backside with a wound and a tetanus jab as stated in the article. One seems worse than the other. You have made your selection without being there. Yes save us from brainwashed prolls, ill informed idiots and ill conceived judgements.

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  • Angry_dunvant  |  June 29 2014, 8:37PM

    As usual these days, the brainwashed prolls over-react to the slightest little thing, you idiots need to get things in prospective! A nip on the bottom! shock horror! nobody knows the details or reason that this happened, except the people who were there, so reserve all your ill-conceived judgements.

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  • charioteer17  |  June 28 2014, 12:04AM

    What does that mean...smelling coffee and driving through gates???

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  • chelsea1955  |  June 27 2014, 5:43PM

    WELL SAID MOGGS, hadoken+angrydunvant wake up and smell the coffee, drive through the gates hahaha, just show what type of dog owners are out there

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  • RosemaryBush  |  June 27 2014, 2:33PM

    Saw him being walked in Sketty about 3/4 hour ago. He was wearing a muzzle.

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  • kjag23  |  June 27 2014, 2:22PM

    Muzzling all dogs outdoors is a ridiculous suggestion. I've worked years with dogs, and had a fair share of bites, from Chihuahuas (most viscous animals I've ever come across) to Rottweilers. The difference with Pit types, and yes this dog is obviously part American Pit, is that they are bite and hold dogs. Whereas your average dog will bite once as a warning, Pits, and Staffies (although I've never been bitten by a staff...) are bred in the States as hunt dogs, usually boar hunters, to bite the animal and hold until the hunter can catch up and kill the boar with a shot or knife. Boars are generally much bigger than Pits so it'd be fruitless for them to attach savagely. This is the reason most Pit and Staffie bites are reported, and bites by other dogs tend to slip by. The bite and hold nature means that attacks are prolonged and damage likely to be far higher. With this in mind, although of course the breeding of the dog played a huge factor, I blame the owner most of the time. He knowingly bought a Pit type puppy, from some idiot breeder out for a quick buck by breeding banned dogs (In fact, 80% of the 10,000 healthy dogs put down in shelters each year are Staffie and Bull mixes, because idiots breed them for a quick profit with no thought for the poor dogs). The only reason you'd buy a puppy like this is for the reputation of having a muscle dog. Any sane person would report the breeder for producing banned dogs for their own financial gain, this guy willingly handed out money to look like an 'ard man. What. An. Idiot.

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  • Jiffy  |  June 27 2014, 12:35PM

    Angry_dunvant - only an idiot would compare a dog bite in such a way. Got a bit of a control problem of your own ?

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  • moggs  |  June 27 2014, 12:21PM

    Sorry to disappoint you,Mr Angry,(you have SUCH an appropriate name),but I do not like cats at all,and my name is not inspired by them. I do,however,like dogs. What I don't like are "idiots" like you who constantly defend the indefensible. I always considered people from Dunvant to be of a more measured,intelligent ilk. Just goes to show how wrong one can be.

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  • Angry_dunvant  |  June 27 2014, 11:55AM

    As usual all the ill-informed dog haters jump on the bandwagon without knowing the details, he nipped a person! big deal, Humans do far worse to each other every day, all over the world! Moggs you are an idiot, and with a name like that you are probably a cat owner!

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