An abandoned boxer puppy bagged a new home after he caught the eye of prospective dog owners with his likeness to The Phantom of the Opera.
Christine Armstrong, 56, and husband Tony, 72, were struck by the pups distinctive markings and red-eyed stare when they visited an animal rescue shelter.
The couple were captivated by the three-year-old boxer which they named Bruno and immediately asked to take him home.
Bruno earned his reputation as a look’a’like for the striking white marking across his face which bares an uncanny likeness to the famous mask of the Phantom.
Tony, from Royston, Cambs., said his pet’s ‘masked’ face has been drawing comments from their friends.
He said: My wife and I have always liked the film for the music.
We had a boxer for 12 years and when he passed away we knew looked around for another.
As soon as we saw Bruno we knew we wanted him, he went straight up to my wife an licked her hand and she fell for him.
He’s a really beautiful dog, lovely markings, he stands out. He is a very affectionate and laid back character.
Several friends have commented on how he looks like Phantom of the Opera.
Bruno was rescued by Home Counties Boxer Welfare charity and placed in a temporary home in Basildon, Essex.
The doggy phantom comes just weeks after a kitten found fame as’Kitler’ due to its resemblance to Adolf Hitler.