In a case of horrific animal cruelty, a man who left his dog to die in a ditch after shooting it six times and hitting the animal with a shovel, has been jailed.
Sick Marc Turnbull mercilessly shot the helpless cross-breed pooch Rocky five times in the head and hit him with a shovel in an attempt to kill the dog.
Rocky was left in agony for three days before he was found by a member of the public.
The 38-year-old, from Northampton, claimed inflicting the appalling injuries was his only option after he failed to find another home for the dog.
Magistrates heard Turnbull shot the dog with an air rifle, battered him with a spade and left the dog in a ditch on the A5 near Weedon, Northamptonshire, on April 21 this year.
When he was examined by veterinarians, 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 which was down to the ridge of the skull and had been caused by a blow to the head.
Turnbull, who was traced due to the dog being microchipped, admitted three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Rocky.
He was jailed for 20 weeks at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He was also banned from keeping animals for 20 years.
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 re-homed to a loving family."