A Jack Russell that died after being found with a hole in its forehead could have been shot with a crossbow, RSPCA officials believe.
A Jack Russell that died after being found with a hole in its forehead could have been shot with a crossbow.
Walkers found the male dog crying with pain lying in undergrowth near a footpath at the junction of Hillside Road and Bunkers Hill Road in Dover.
The animal was in severe shock and shivering uncontrollably, and was taken to Burnham House Veterinary Surgery where, due to the extent of the injuries, it was euthanised.
Veterinarian Nina Adeyeye said: “When I saw the dog, he was in a lot of pain and, as well as the obvious injury to the head, he was suffering with hypothermia and shock. By this stage, his whole body was shutting down and he was unresponsive to anything but the pain.
“I am not 100 per cent certain, but following a close examination and x-rays I would say the injury could have been inflicted with a crossbow bolt. It is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that I have ever seen.”
The RSPCA is still investigating the incident and has appealed for more information to help find the culprits.
Inspector Julia Fuller said: “This was a brutal beating and we are appealing for any information that might lead us to the person who did this, or the dog’s owner.”
The Jack Russell was male with a white coat and patches of tan fur – anyone with information relating to the case should call the RSPCA’s Cruelty Line on 0300 123 4999.