Dog survives being shot four times and left it to die in a bush

Lakeland terrier survives after cruel owner shot it four times in the head and left it to die in a bush

  • Simon Hancock shot his dog four times in the head near Hedge End, Hampshire
  • The 37-year-old had blasted his pet Lakeland terrier then left him to die in a bush 
  • A member of the public found 15-month old Jet, who was suffering from fly-strike
  • Hancock was banned from keeping animals for 10 years and made to pay £1,621

A dog owner has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after he tried to kill a terrier by shooting it four times in the head with an air rifle before dumping the animal in a bush.

Simon Hancock, 37, treated Jet the Lakeland terrier in a ‘shockingly brutal manner’ by shooting and abandoning him while still alive but ‘horrendously injured’.

Animal charity RSPCA say Jet, just 15 months old at the time, experienced unimaginable suffering as he spent five days collapsed in woodland while seriously wounded.

Fortunately a member of the public found Jet near Hedge End, Hampshire, on July 16 last year and a court heard he suffered fly-strike with thousands of fly eggs around pellet holes in his head.

Jet recovering after being rescued when a member of the public found him in a bush near Hedge End in Hampshire

Simon Hancock outside Southampton Magistrates Court where he was  convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal following a trial

The gun used by Simon Hancock to shoot Jet. Microchip details showed the dog was owned by Hancock’s former partner

Microchip details revealed Hancock’s former partner owned the dog and an RSPCA investigation found Hancock, from Hedge End, brutally attacked the dog and dumped him.

He was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal following a trial and banned from keeping pets for 10 years, ordered to carry out 200 hours community service and pay £1,621 in costs.

At Southampton Magistrates’ Court Hancock argued a friend named ‘Paul’ owned Jet and even claimed the air rifle used in the attack was ‘dumped on his doorstep’ when inspectors visited his property.

RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond said: ‘Jet was treated in a shockingly brutal manner, being shot in the head four times, then dumped while still alive but horrendously injured. 


Jet having pellets from his head by a vet (right). He was shot four times in the head and left for dead. Pictured (left) is a scan of Jet’s skull showing the location of the pellets

Pellets could be seen under Jet’s skin and vets had to shave his fur off to removed them from his body 

After Jet was stitched up he was left to recover from his wounds. Jet’s owner Simon Hancock was banned from owning animals for 10 years and ordered to do 200 hours of community service 

‘You cannot begin to imagine the suffering this dog went through during the five days he was left alone and injured.

‘Thankfully he has survived and has made a very good recovery. He’s such a happy, friendly dog who loves everyone he meets. It’s amazing to see him thriving in his lovely new home.

‘More than £5,000 was spent on veterinary care due to the complicated location of the pellets. 

‘He was very touch-and-go at times and he lost hearing in one ear because an ear canal had to be removed. His vision has also been affected.’

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