Man jailed for shooting dog and battering it with spade

A man has been jailed after he left his dog to die in a ditch after shooting it six times and hitting the animal with a shovel.

Marc Turnbull shot cross-breed Rocky five times in the head and hit it with a shovel in an attempt to kill the dog.

The 38-year-old, from Northampton, claimed inflicting the 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.

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. Rocky survived his injuries and has since been rehomed by the RSPCA.