Terri Mann with her and her partner's adopted 9-month-old
pitbull terrier cross renamed Delvinious or Del for short.
He may have had a shocking start in life but a
9-month-old pitbull terrier cross formerly known as Tango has
bounced back with the help of a loving local family.
His new owners Terri Mann and Nick Beck have given him a new
start, a new name - Delvinious or Del for short - and a
bright future with a family who "absolutely adore" him.
Former owner Aaron Paul Bidois has been fined $1500 plus
court costs, and disqualified from owning another animal for
five years, after he was found guilty in Tauranga District
Court on Monday of a charge of ill-treating an animal. Last
July a neighbour called 111 after seeing Bidois striking the
then 8-week old pup and reported hearing the dog scream. Del
suffered a deep puncture wound to the top of his head and
dental and cheek fractures.
When the Bay of Plenty Times visited Del and Ms Mann
yesterday it was obvious he had found a loving home.
Ms Mann said she and her partner Mr Beck adopted Del from
Tauranga SPCA when he was 3-4 months old, having been told
some basic facts about his history.
"I grew up having dogs and always wanted to get a dog of my
own. But when I heard Del had been mistreated I was a bit
reluctant at first thinking he may have behavioural problems.
I was reassured after Nick went to see him and the SPCA told
us he had a great temperament," she said. "Del has turned out
to be my best dog ever. We just love him to bits," she said.
Tauranga SPCA inspector Jason Blair said it was disappointing
that despite SPCA's efforts to educate animal owners,
incidents of neglect or ill-treatment continued. In the past
two weeks he had filed 11 charging documents with Tauranga
District Court against four people in relation to alleged
ill-treatment and neglect offences.
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times