The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found with a crossbow bolt through his skull near Peterborough.
He was spotted by passers-by who took him to a vet, who then called the RSPCA. The vet operated to remove the bolt, which had deflected off the skull.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “Despite this bolt going straight through Ziggy’s head it miraculously missed his brain, ear capsule and eyes – I could not quite believe it. Whoever did this took a very intentional shot at very close range.
“I think they must have been aiming at the back of the head and Ziggy must have moved at just the right distance right at the last minute.
“I don’t know whether they then took him deep into the wood and dumped him, or had already taken him into the wood and so just left him there, injured.
It is understood Ziggy was probably roaming about for a couple of days with the bolt stuck in his head. “He would have been terrified, and in complete agony,” added Justin.
“What really got me was the way Ziggy sat there, with that bolt through his head, wagging his tail at me in such a good natured way – asking for a bit of a fuss.
“It is miraculous the bolt missed all his organs, but he’s not out of the woods yet. With these kind of nasty wounds infection can be very dangerous and the next couple of days will be key to seeing how he recovers.”