Simon Hancock, 37, treated Jet the terrier in an ‘amazingly merciless way’ by shooting and deserting him while still alive yet ‘terribly harmed’.
The RSPCA said Jet, only 15 months old at the time, experienced incomprehensible enduring as he went through five days crumbled in the forest while truly injured.
Luckily an individual discovered Jet close Hedge End, Hants, on July 16 a year ago and a court heard he endured fly-strike with thousands of fly eggs around air rifle pellet holes in his head.
Microchip details uncovered Hancock’s previous partner owned the dog and an RSPCA examination discovered Hancock, from Hedge End, fiercely assaulted the pooch and dumped him.
He was sentenced for making unnecessary suffering to an animal following a preliminary trial and prohibited from keeping pets for a long time, requested to complete 200 hours community service and pay £1,621 in expenses.
At Southampton Magistrates’ Court, Hanmpshire, Hancock contended a companion named ‘Paul’ possessed Jet and even guaranteed the air rifle utilized in the assault was ‘dumped on his doorstep’ when overseers visited his property.
RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond stated:
‘Jet was treated in a shockingly brutal manner, being shot in the head four times, then dumped while still alive but horrendously injured.
‘You cannot begin to imagine the suffering this dog went through during the five days he was left alone and injured. ‘Thankfully he has survived and has made a very good recovery.
‘He’s such a happy, friendly dog who loves everyone he meets. It’s amazing to see him thriving in his lovely new home.
‘More than £5,000 was spent on veterinary care due to the complicated location of the pellets. ‘He was very touch-and-go at times and he lost hearing in one ear because an ear canal had to be removed. His vision has also been affected.’