An 18-week old puppy injured by a machete during the violent home invasion early on Tuesday morning was found and safely returned to his owners via Birmingham Dogs Home thanks to his microchip.


Zeus, a Rottweiler belonging to the Pugh family in Catherine-De-Barnes, was injured when four men entered the family’s house with blades and baseball bats before being fought off by the homeowner, David Pugh.


During the chaos, Zeus, whose head had been split open, left the house, and it is thought he fell into in the nearby canal. Fortunately, the brave puppy was found treading water and clinging to the side of the canal hours later by Andy Penhallurick and team members from Great Britain Canoe Club, who were out practicing.


Injured, cold and exhausted, Zeus was taken to Solihull Canoe Club to warm up before Canine Carers at nearby Birmingham Dogs Home (BDH) were called to take over his care.


Zeus survived the injuries after being treated by vets and cared for by BDH staff. He has even been reunited with his owners following a microchip reading and social media search.


Giles Webber, CEO at Birmingham Dogs Home, said: “Zeus had a gash so deep his skull was visible, but the vets were brilliant and quickly sewed him up. The team then nursed him through the morning as we searched for his owners.


“Thankfully he was microchipped and they were quickly found and reunited with Zeus on their own way back from hospital. Whilst we are all appalled at the events, we’re delighted to say Zeus has survived the ordeal and is already back at home recovering with his family.


“I would like to express my greatest thanks to the quick thinking and caring members of the canoe club, as well as to the vets and my team at the dogs home. Zeus is an extremely fortunate puppy, but also very, very brave.” 


Zeus is now recovering at home with his family but as you can imagine is extremely traumatised by the event – he is receiving lots of TLC from his family and we are working with them to help ensure he gets all the help that he needs.