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A man who took in a dog that was not his pet was horrified when he found out it had been adopted by another man.

Pete Scanavino said he had been told by a neighbour of a dog he had taken in, which he believed to be his own pet, was being adopted by a man he had never met.

The dog, named Paul, was adopted by an elderly man who has a disability.

He said he was “shocked” when he saw Paul was being given up to another person.

“I thought, ‘what’s going on here?'”, he said.

“There was no question about what Paul was doing.

I thought, there is no way this is a dog.”

Pete and his wife, Anne, have three dogs.

“He (the man) didn’t realise that he had given Paul away to a stranger,” Mr Scanavinos said.

Paul has cerebral palsy, which makes him slow and sensitive.

He was rescued by a local organisation called Pets of the Streets.

“It was quite a shock to me that the adoption agency was going out and making that decision, without any consideration,” he said of the decision to give up the dog.

“We had a lot of questions on the street, and they were quite keen to keep Paul and get him home, but we felt that it was a better choice for us.”

Mr Scanavines wife, now 90, said the decision had left her with “an awful feeling”.

“It felt like they (the adoption agency) had decided it was their dog, because they didn’t even think it was mine,” she said.

The man who adopted Paul said he did not know who the person who adopted him was.

“When he (the adopter) rang the police, they said that he was not the person they had received a complaint about,” he explained.

“That’s the first thing they told us.”

The second thing they said is that they have never been to the dog and the dog was never theirs.

“What they told me, when they called us, was that it is a family matter and the dogs owner is now very upset and that he has not spoken to them again since he had it.”‘

It is an awful situation’A local charity has raised more than €30,000 to buy Paul for adoption and Mr Scanovinos wife is now waiting for the money to be transferred to him.

“Paul has had no care for a very long time,” she added.

“In a way, he has had the worst of it.”

She said the couple would “be very sad” if Paul did not get adopted.

“For us it is an amazing feeling, knowing that he is getting out, and that someone is caring for him,” she concluded.

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