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Dog Shot And Beaten With Spade: Owner Jailed
A man who shot his dog in the head five times and hit it with a shovel before leaving it to die in a ditch has been jailed.
Marc Turnbull claimed inflicting the injuries in an attempt to kill the dog was his only option after he failed to find it another home.
Magistrates heard Turnbull shot the dog with an air rifle six times in total, battered it with a spade and dumped it on the A5 near Weedon, Northamptonshire, on April 21.
Rocky was found by a member of the public three days later. He had severe head injuries and X-rays showed he had been shot five times in the head and once in the leg.
He also had a large open wound on the back of his head, down to the ridge of the skull, that had been caused by a blow to the head.
Turnbull, who was traced due to Rocky being microchipped, admitted three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog.
He was jailed for 20 weeks at Northampton Magistrates' Court and banned from keeping animals for 20 years.
Rocky survived his injuries and has since been rehomed by the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Michelle McNab said: "This was a truly unbelievable case that involved immense suffering to the dog.
"Fortunately, Rocky was found and amazingly he survived. He has since been rehomed to a loving family."