Marvel star adopts rescue dog

Former wrestler and Marvel actor Dave Bautista has adopted a neglected Pit Bull from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

After hearing of the dog’s horrendous abuse, the actor offered a $5,000 (£3,700) reward to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the abuser being identified. He then announced that he had adopted the dog, and she had now become part of his family and would never be abused again.

Bautista heard about the three-month-old puppy’s story when the society shared the news that it had rescued a dog called Sage from horrendous circumstances. The puppy had been found by a good Samaritan, eating from rubbish bins with injuries to her neck. The actor went on to announce the substantial reward to his 3.6 million Instagram followers. He has since updated his fans to say that there are no leads as of yet to find the person responsible for his dog’s neglect and abuse. After seeing the offer, actor Mickey Rourke also offered an additional $1,000 (£730) towards the reward.

Bautista has shared a number of videos on his Instagram account showing the puppy with lots of playful energy and enjoying cuddles. The former wrestler stated that he has renamed the pup Penny, claiming that she had now found her forever home. Penny joins the actor’s other Pit Bulls, which were also adopted, Ollie and Maggie.

The Humane Society has thanked Bautista for adopting the Pit Bull, and it shared a picture of him signing the paperwork, as well as a video of the actor getting ready to take Penny home.