Irate animal lover confronts man who helped to drive a nail into dog’s head and bury it alive

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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 with nail thru its head2

“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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49 replies
  1. Sheri says:

    Remorseful or not they need to be punished!!! That was horrible, just horrible. Poor Scamp, being betrayed in such a horrible way in his final days by the owner he spent so many years with that he loved and trusted. Shame on you!!!! You deserve to be locked away for a very long time

  2. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Each of these monsters should have a nail driven into THEIR heads and buried alive….. RIP, sweet dog. You didn’t deserve to suffer like this (but the two monsters who did this to you DO deserve to suffer).

  3. Theresa says:

    I am beside myself right now I want to get that fat fucking piece of shit and I want to take a hammer to his fucking head and beat him in till he fucking dies

  4. pennysdachshund says:

    These 2 BASTARDS Need to LOCKED UP and the KEY Lost for about ten years!!! Didn’t mean to cause pain and suffering! AND Felt REMORSE !!! Bullshit to that LINE !! They probably went and smoked a “Joint” and shot up from the looks of them after the event!!! May each of these BASTARDS feel THE RATH of PAIN & Suffering NO END WHEN THEIR TIME COMES TO PASS!!

  5. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Ces fils de pute méritent la même chose, un clou dans la tête et enterré vivant. Ce sont des parasites, des barbares, des monstres, ils ne méritent pas de vivre.

  6. Angela Cone-Corso says:

    If these guys really thought this was the right thing to do, then the court needs to have them psycho analyzed and a jail sentence to take them out of society. These 2 men are sick with no ability to feel remorse or understand their actions. Uneducated and stupid hillbillies. God bless this poor dog!!

  7. Kathleen Dride says:

    Here it is this is what humans do! They or actually the thing that owned Scamp had a choice to either humanely put Scamp down or kill him! Well golly gee guess what this thing decided to do? That’s right you win the grand prize he decided to kill this little dog in the most heinous manner! Let’s hear for our contestants in The Who’s the most fucked up thing walking! Thank you for playing our game stay tuned for the next contestant!

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  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Personally, that fat bastard with the tattooed face should have that thing carved out with a butter knife – then hogtie both of them and dump their useless asses in the nearest landfill with the rest of the trash,

    • Yvette says:

      I agree with Dina.. Those bastards should have the same fate. My god. An animal loves you for all them years and your too cheap to take care of it. Also you torture it to death. Sick fucks

  10. Sherry says:

    This is one of the WORST cases of torture/cruelty I have ever heard of…and for such a pitiful, laughable sentence to be handed down; I am just dumbfounded at what goes on in this world today. What is going on with humanity first of all. These two morons thought it was “the right thing to do” to drive a clawhammer /nail through this dog’s head and then bury it alive. On what offing planet does this sound like the right thing. Shame on the courts ; I can’t believe this is allowed. Glad it wasn’t in the U.S. or I’d want to move out of the damn country . What pitiful laws are in place; basically none in regard to protecting precious animals…and my god, they need it, because people are effing low down and crazy.

  11. Patricia Chisholm says:

    I wish it was a law that would give people life in prison for hurting a animal. But God got a place for them. All animals life matters..

    Patricia Chisholm.

  12. Adrienne says:

    These scum don’t have a working brain cell between the two of them. The dog should have been euthanized in the vets office and the fee paid. But no, to avoid that cost, they now has criminal charges against and will either have jail time, just to avoid that cost. Inmates should do the same to both of these scum.

  13. Marni says:

    They took a hammer to this dog’s head and clubbed him and then put a nail in his head and they claim they didn’t mean to cause suffering??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whaaaaaaaaaaaaat! What was their sentence? I hope the courts didn’t buy their act.


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  1. […] Unfortunately, current laws allow for minimal jail time – limiting the punishment that Heathcock and Finch will receive. Prior article about this distressing case here. […]

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