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'.
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.