Heartbreak as rescue dog receives no applications as adopters 'put off by facial scars'

A RESCUE dog is being overlooked by potential adopters due to his facial scars, a charity fears.

RSPCA rescue dog Bronco struggling to find home

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Bronco was rescued along with six other dogs in a joint operation by the RSPCA and Cheshire Police in Greater Manchester in October 2020 as part of an investigation into a group of family members who were hunting wildlife with their dogs.

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The five-year-old lurcher was taken to the charity's Felledge Animal Centre in County Durham.Bronco has been patiently waiting to be put up for adoption while the case went through the courts.

But since he has been made available, the poor pooch has not received a single application despite being a favourite among staff.

The charity fears Bronco is being overlooked due to scars on his face after he was previously used to hunt wildlife.


Bronco has not received a single application (Image: RSPCA)

Due to his past he also has to wear a muzzle when out and about, which the centre also believes is putting potential adopters off him.

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Kennel supervisor Jo Dodds said: “Bronco is such a lovely boy and he spent a long time with us while his case went through courts.

"Since he’s been available for rehoming we’ve sadly had no applications for him, even though he’s a beautiful boy, inside and out.

“Sadly, we fear people are being put off by his scars and the fact he has to wear a muzzle when he’s out and about.

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The RSPCA fears Bronco is being overlooked due to scars on his face (Image: RSPCA)

"Due to his previous life experiences and his strong chase instinct he will need to be muzzled when he’s on walks but we’ve done lots of positive training with his muzzle and he’s happy wearing it.

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Bronco’s muzzle doesn’t prevent him from enjoying adventures and having fun on his walks but, sadly, there is a stigma around dogs who wear muzzles and we fear this may be another reason why people aren’t applying to adopt him.”

Bronco could live with older children but he would like to be the only pet in the home.

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Bronco is a favourite among staff at the rescue centre (Image: RSPCA)


He walks well on the lead and goes for group walks at the centre.

Bronco can sometimes get a little uncomfortable around some male dogs but is easily distracted with treats and gentle reassurance.

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He will need a home with a secure garden and a high fence.

Find out more about Bronco here.

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