A whimpering dog was buried alive with a nail still sticking out from his head. A couple heard the distressing sound and traced where it was coming from. At first, they thought it was merely a frog but then they discovered a shallow grave with the poor dog buried beneath. It is believed that he was a Jack Russell or a West Highland Terrier.
When the dog was pulled out from the muddy pit, he was still alive. The husband and wife brought him to a veterinarian of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSCPA). However, the animal welfare charity’s veterinarian was left with no choice but to put him down because of his “immense suffering.”
The walker recalled the horror he witnessed to Gazette Live. He also said that the veterinarian who handled the case described it as the “worst case of cruelty.”
“I just couldn’t believe it. How could anyone be that despicable and cruel to do something like that? I’ve seen some upsetting things in my life but this is right up there. And the vet said it was the worst case of cruelty he’d ever seen in his career. Why not get it put to sleep if they didn’t want it? Are there no depths to which humans won’t sink?”
RSPCA inspector Nick Jones, who’s been working for the non-profit organization for the past 10 years, also finds the cruelty unfathomable.
“In all my 10 years working for the RSPCA, I have never known anything so horrifying and inexplicably cruel. This is clearly a very deliberate act of cruelty and it’s inconceivable to think why somebody has done it to this poor little dog.”
Jones believes that more than one person is behind the cruelty. He urges people to come forward if they have any information about the perpetrators.
“I am urging anybody with any information no matter how small, or who recognizes this dog, to come forward and leave me a message in complete confidence on our inspector’s appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018.”
Earlier this month, a man had been arrested for pouring boiling liquid on his puppy. As if this wasn’t brutal enough, Mark Simon Sharp also left the Charles Spaniel puppy named Daisy with broken ribs and pelvis.
Daisy had burns on her head which investigators said were reminiscent of the injuries one could acquire from major vehicular accidents. Sharp was sentenced to 16 weeks of imprisonment after pleading guilty to the cruelty. He was also banned from owning pets for 15 years.
According to the Mirror, Sharp previously told the court that he suffered from depression. “At that time in my life I didn’t like myself, I was suffering from deep depression. I still don’t believe in my heart I could harm anybody or anything,” he explained.
He told District Judge Wendy Lloyd that he was a clumsy person who had no memory of inflicting injuries to Daisy. Sharp added that because of the case, he had been attacked outside his home.
RSPCA inspector Claire Fisher is pleased that Sharp’s acts of cruelty did not go unnoticed because they have tormented such a gentle animal.
“I’m just very pleased that the courts have taken these vile acts seriously. This dog suffered for months at Sharp’s hands, and the moment I first saw her there was no way I was getting close to her. This is a breed that is so loving and wants human contact but she was cowering in the back of the kennel.”
RSCPA is the oldest operating animal charity in the U.K. The group continuously introduces campaigns that help protect mute creatures.
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