Neo had suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of his owner, Peter Hillin, until a neighbour spotted Hillin hitting the dog and called the police. When armed officers came to the house in Merseyside, they discovered Neo covered in blood and cuts.
The vet who examined the 12-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross found that the dog’s horrific injuries were consistent with numerous blows with the sharp end of an axe.
After Neo was nursed back to health, he spent six months in police kennels. He was then moved to Freshfields Animal Rescue in Liverpool with the hope of finding a new home. But no one wanted him. Neo spent two years at the rescue centre and during that time, not one person wanted to take him home.
That was until Millie Catterall and Connor Robinson heard about his story. They came to the rescue centre three times a week to visit Neo and get to know him. The couple instantly fell in love with the fun-loving pup and were keen to adopt him.
Despite everything Neo had been through, he settled in brilliantly to his new home with Millie and Connor. The contented canine loves nothing more than snuggling between his new human parents on the sofa.
Peter Hillin was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and given a suspended sentence and 200 hours of unpaid work.