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A dog adopted after 14 months was returned to a shelter just one day later.

Poor Rusty had been waiting more than a year to find a new home after his original owners could not look after him.

After it finally seemed like he had found a permanent home, the pooch was sent back to the Humane Society of Central Texas because he "nipped" at his would-be owners.

The organisation said: "They realized that he is not right for their family because they often visit with small children.

"His stranger danger would have been a risk. So while they tried to do a kind thing by taking in a challenging dog, they did the right thing by bringing him back.

"We never want a family to keep a dog that is not right for them so we are grateful they brought him back."

Rusty, who is a German Shepherd and Catahoula mix, was sent to the Human Society of Central Texas in Waco as a puppy because his original owner felt unable to care for him because he was "hyper".

It is reported that the animal was then placed in a foster home for two months before being sent to a rescue in Idaho, but he was sent back to Waco because he was "not dog-friendly" and they struggled to place him in a home.

The Humane Society of Central Texas said: "Over the next few months, Rusty became depressed and frustrated, causing him to act out in his kennel and be highly reactive toward other dogs."

Rusty was adopted in November 2020 but was returned to the shelter a month later.

The society said the family involved in the dog's latest failed adoption attempt, in March this year, "did the right thing" and asked people not to judge them.

It posted the story on Facebook in a bid to get new owners to come forward to Rusty.

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