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‘Sheer hell’ of shot staffie

RSPCA INSPECTORS are appealing for help from the public after a dog was shot and left for dead in a derelict warehouse.

The new appeal was prompted after reports surfaced of a local man bragging about shooting a dog. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found at the warehouse near Newark, Nottinghamshire, in January with head injuries, but was later put down.

RSPCA Inspector Chris Shaw said the dog must have gone through ‘sheer hell’ before it died. A passing jogger alerted police when he heard cries from the brindle-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier - thought to be about a year old.

Vets carrying out a post-mortem examination said the dog had been shot in the mouth with a shotgun. Recent enquiries have revealed that a man has been overheard on the Hawthorne Estate in Newark bragging about shooting a dog. Anyone with information about the individual who shot the dog is urged to contact the RSPCA – all calls will be treated in confidence.