An emaciated dog has been left to die in a field after being shot twice in the head.
The thin body of a female Dogue de Bordeaux, who had recently had puppies, was found in Old Eldon, County Durham, on December 3.
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X-rays show she suffered a fractured skull and vets believe she would have suffered for some time before she died.
The dog was found in a field by the lane leading to Blue House Farm, off Main Road/Moor Lane in the village. It is thought her body could have been there for a couple of days.
RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent suspected that the dog had been shot after not been fed sufficiently.
The RSPCA believe she was shot with some kind of high powered air rifle.
Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.