Dog Shot In Skull With Crossbow Bolt
A dog found wondering woodland had been shot in the head with a crossbow bolt.
GRAPHIC IMAGES: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was found on Wednesday morning by two walkers, was roaming with the bolt stuck in his head. The weapon, which was 50cm in length, had entered through one side of the pup's head and come out the other. Fortunately, the bolt had deflected off the skull and missed the organs of the dog, now called Ziggy, by inches.
Tragically the incident, which left Ziggy confused and in agony for days, was no accident. Whoever did this had taken a shot at very close range and the fact that the bolt missed his eyes, ears and brain was a miracle.
"I think they must have been aiming at the back of the head and Ziggy must have moved at just the right distance at the last minute," said RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs.
He continued, saying that it was probable that Ziggy was "roaming about in the middle of nowhere for a couple of days with this bolt stuck in his head, terrified and in complete agony. It really broke my heart this one."
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the most abandoned breed in the UK and can be found in abundance at any shelter across the country. But contrary to their unjustified mean image, they can make wonderful, gentle companions for active families.
Mr Stubbs found Ziggy was proof of this, stating: "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."
Ziggy has now had successful surgery to remove the bolt and is recovering. The RSPCA is appealling for any information about this heartless act of cruelty.
If you think you can provide a loving home to a Staffie, head down to your local shelter and pick up a loyal and gentle companion today.