Rescue dog who saw 400 of his friends rehomed before him has finally found a loving new owner... in Milton Keynes

Happy ever after: Buster is healthy and loving life now
Happy ever after: Buster is healthy and loving life now
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After 19 months of waiting Buster the 11-year-old Bull Terrier has found his forever home thanks to MK man Paul Roberts.

Buster has been cared for at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire since January 2014.

Buster was taken into the care of the RSPCA after being found like this in London

Buster was taken into the care of the RSPCA after being found like this in London

The poor pet was ignored time and time again by potential owners and could only sit and watch as 400 of his friend were rehomed before him.

But after reading his story, new owner Paul could not resist offering Buster a forever home.

He picked his new pet up from the centre in just over a month ago and the two have been inseparable ever since.

It is the loving environment Buster deserves having been rescued from a property in Edgware, London, last year weighing just 12.6kg – half the weight he should have been.

He needed veterinary treatment and his owner pleaded guilty last June to offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

Fortunately he’s made a fantastic recovery and is being given a second chance at a happy and healthy life.

And Paul said he was not put off by Buster’s background, if anything it was the reason he wanted him in the first place.

“When I read about Buster’s background I knew I just had to have him,” Paul said.

“Originally I had thought about having a smaller dog but when I saw what he went through, I thought ‘I just have to give him a home’.

“He is a big softy, his personality is fantastic, me and him get on very well. I don’t know why no one wanted to rehome him sooner. He is a very clever, lovely dog.

“I think the benefit of having an older dog is that he has settled in really well and is toilet trained.

“We have already taken him to the beach at Cromer – although he did get bitten on the nose by a crab!

“He is a lovely dog, everybody loves him. He follows me everywhere and he wants to be with people.”

Mona Jorgensen, deputy centre manager at the RSPCA Southridge, said Buster is ‘a great dog and really deserves it’.

“Seeing dogs settle into their new home and be given a second chance at life is lovely and makes Buster’s difficult journey feel worth it,” she said.

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