A dog which survived for three days in a ditch after being shot five times and hit on the head with a spade, has made a full recovery and been re-homed.
In last week’s Chron, we reported the court case of Marc Turnbull, of Dainty Grove, Grange Park, who tried to kill Rocky, a tan crossbreed, in a lay-by on the A5, between Kilsby and Weedon.
Turnbull was jailed for 20 weeks for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and banned from owning a pet for 20 years.
After being looked after by the RSPCA, Rocky has now been re-homed with Rebecca Doy and Darren Clarke, in Burton Latimer.
Ms Doy said: “Rocky has got a brilliant temperament. Everybody who sees him falls in love with him.
“We’ve had no problems with him. He’s very good natured. It’s amazing he’s like he is after all he’s been through.”
RSPCA inspector Michelle Mcnab said she was delighted Rocky’s story had had a happy ending.
She said: “Too often with horrendous cases like this there’s a bad outcome, but it’s fantastic Rocky survived and has been re-homed.
“Dogs are resilient and adaptable. You would never believe a dog could look this happy and well after what he’s been through.”
Ms McNab said she believed Rocky should be renamed ‘Lucky’ as he was extremely fortunate to be found after he was left for dead.
She said: “The council worker who found him told me he never normally clears the ditch where Rocky was. It’s amazing he was found.”