RSPCA rescues ‘horrifically injured’ dog after gunshot to head

PUBLISHED: 16:56 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 13 July 2017

Molly, a Jack Russell terrier, was shot at close-range. Picture: RSPCA Bristol

Molly, a Jack Russell terrier, was shot at close-range. Picture: RSPCA Bristol

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A Jack Russell terrier has suffered serious injuries after being shot in the head.

RSPCA staff caring for Molly after she was shot. Picture: RSPCA BristolRSPCA staff caring for Molly after she was shot. Picture: RSPCA Bristol

The RSPCA has put out an appeal for information after the dog was found in Backwell with her ‘horrific’ injuries and she needed round-the-clock care from vets.

Its team have christened her Molly and staff said her body had been ‘peppered’ with gunshots, causing injuries to her face and jaw.

RSPCA Chief Inspector John Atkinson said: “Tragically we believe Molly has been shot in the face at point-blank range.

“It’s heartbreaking to think someone could intentionally attack a dog and then just leave her to fend for herself with such horrific injuries.”

The X-ray shows the scale of Molly's injuries. Picture; RSPCA BristolThe X-ray shows the scale of Molly's injuries. Picture; RSPCA Bristol

Molly was found not far away from Bristol Airport, but exactly how and when she was injured is not clear.

Mr Atkinson said: “We don’t know exactly what happened to her or how long she has been struggling alone with her injuries and are appealing to anyone who recognises Molly or knows what may have happened to her to get in touch.

“Unfortunately she has no microchip so we don’t know where she has come from or if she has an owner who is perhaps missing her.”

RSPCA staff have been nursing Molly back to health.

Dr Damian Pacini, who has led her care, said: “Molly arrived at the RSPCA Bristol Clinic in a very poor condition.

“Since her arrival she has been receiving 24-hour care by a team of dedicated vets and nurses.

“Her condition is severe but stable, and we are focusing all of our energy on making her as comfortable as possible while we continue her treatment.

“All of this care is possible thanks to the kind donations of our incredible supporters.

“If anybody would like to make a contribution towards Molly’s care they can do so by donating to our anniversary appeal.”

Last week, the RSPCA revealed the number of airgun attacks on animals is set to reach a five-year high in the UK.

The charity wants to see tougher laws around the use of airguns introduced and more education around the issue.

To make a donation to the anniversary appeal, visit www.rspca-bristol.org.uk/appeal


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