TWO men have admitted animal cruelty offences after a dog with a nail hammered into its head was found buried alive in woodlands .
The RSPCA confirmed the dog, Scamp, was found by walkers in the Kirkleatham Woods last october.
16 year old Scamp was found groaning in agony and pain in a shallow grave in the woods.
Richard Finch, and Michael Heathcock both from Redcar admitted charges attributing to Scamps death, in Court on Wednesday.
Heathcock has pleaded guilty to forcing a nail into Scamp’s tiny skull as well as failing to provide simple care and attention from a Vet for the dog.
The friend of Heathcock as also admitted to assisting in the disgusting act of cruelty.The prosecuting officer from the RSPCA warned the court that is was an extremely distressing case and probably the worst he had seen.It came to light in the court that it took around six hammer blows to drive the nail into Scamps skull.
The disgusting pairs reasons….
Both men, if they can be called that, told the police that that Scamp was deaf, blind and with use of his back legs and the both felt it was “the right thing to do”.
Heathcock told officers because the dog was incontinent his house “had started to smell” and “something had to be done”.
On 21st October the pair handed themselves in after the story hit facebook and national newspapers.
Mr Ellwood said: “They decided to take the dog to Kirkleatham Woods and took a claw hammer and nail.
They hatched the plot to kill Scamp in October to avoid paying the around £200 to have him put down.
“They agreed Mr Heathcock will drive a nail into the dog’s skull.”
Heathcock admitted to killing his pet of 16 years, while his friend Finch was on look out.
It was claimed in court that they didnt intend to cause scamp any suffering.
The case has been adjourned until March 1.
Both men were granted bail.
Back in October the residents held a memorial for Scamp showing not everyone is as disgusting as these two.
The Labrador is soon to loose the top dog crown of Britain to The French Bulldog
The French Bulldog, a breed favoured by many celebrities, is set to top the most popular dog charts in 2018.
Its going to be the first time the Labrador Retriever has been knocked off the top spot for 27 years.
The breed has seen an massive rise in recent years, with Kennel Club registrations increasing by 47% from 14,607 in 2015, to 21,470 in 2016.
The total number of Kennel Club registrations for the French Bulldogs was only 670 during 2007.
The Labrador has held the most popular dog breed since 1990 when it knocked the Yorkshire Terrier of the top spot.
Cocker Spaniels will be the next to suffer the rise of The French Bulldog, with only 384 registrations keeping the Spaniel above The French Bulldog
However, this rapid increase in French Bulldog registrations is causing concern to the Kennel Club. They feel that the breed as gain popularity because its become a celebrity fashion symbol.
People are copying celebrities and buying French Bulldog puppies but not researching whether the dog will suit their lifestyle.
The French Bulldog: An impending welfare crisis?
Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club warned “While the French Bulldog is a lovely breed, it is very unwise for anyone to buy one simply because they think it looks cute or is a fashionable choice.
“Anyone doing so could inadvertently be contributing to an impending welfare crisis.
“While it’s normal to want to show off your dog, when celebrities do it, it usually results in a surge in the popularity of certain breeds, which is not a good thing as it opens the doors to unscrupulous breeders who see it as an opportunity to breed lots of them without due care to health and welfare.”
The UK’s largest dog welfare organisation is urging people to consider buying other similar breeds that may be better suited to their lifestyle and environment.
These include the Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Border Terrier and Welsh Terrier.
Details about The French Bulldog can be found here. Please do research on the breed before taking ownership of a new puppy.