In what the prosecuting attorney for the RSPCA described as an “extremely distressing case” of animal cruelty, an irate animal lover confronted the man who aided a small dog’s owner into repeatedly hitting his 16-year-old dog with a hammer and then burying the suffering animal alive in a shallow grave. According to the Sun, the confrontation occurred on Wednesday in front of Tesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom.
Robert Finch, 60, and Michael Heathcock, 59, were charged with animal cruelty by the RSPCA. The small West Highland terrier, named Scamp was found last October by walkers in the Kirkleatham Woods in Redcar. The couple heard soft whining noises nearby and discovered the fatally injured dog. They rushed Scamp to the vet, but it was decided the dog was in excruciating pain and made the decision to humanely euthanize him. According to court records, the owner of the dog, Heathcock told officers his dog had been incontinent and his house had “started to smell” and “something had to be done.” The men had been drinking in a local pub when Finch convinced Heathcock to kill the dog so he wouldn’t have to pay to have his dog euthanized at a veterinarian.
“They decided to take the dog to Kirkleatham Woods and took a claw hammer and a nail. They agreed Mr. Heathcock would drive a nail into the dog’s skull,” John Elwood, prosecutor for the RSPCA told the court.
Heathcock pleaded guilty to driving a nail into Scamp’s skull and for not providing proper veterinary care and attention to the dog. Finch admitted to assisting in the act. The men “felt it was the right thing to do,” stating Scamp was blind, deaf and his back legs “had gone.” and so they took the dog out to the woods and using a claw hammer hit the dog six times over the head pounding in the nail.
Elwood told the court the veterinarian who first examined the dog stated it was the worst case of animal cruelty he had ever seen. It has been claimed both men are extremely remorseful and did not mean to cause Scamp the unnecessary suffering. Both men will be sentenced on March 1.
Rest in peace Scamp.
(Photos of irate animal animal advocate confronting men via screenshot from Daily Express)
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