A dog which survived for three days in a ditch after being shot five times and hit on the head with a spade has made a full recovery and has now been rehomed.
Marc Turnbull, of Dainty Grove, Northampton, tried to execute Rocky, a tan crossbreed, in a lay-by on the A5, between Kilsby and Weedon.
Turnbull was jailed for 20 weeks for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and he has been banned from owning an animal for 20 years.
After being looked after by the RSPCA, Rocky has now been rehomed with Rebecca Doy and Darren Clarke, in Burton Latimer.
Ms Doy said Rocky was a “lovable dog” who appeared to be suffering from no major after-effects of his ordeal.
She said: “He has got such a lovely face and a brilliant temperament.
“We’ve had no problems with him. He is very good natured. It is amazing that he is like he is considering what he has been through.”
RSPCA inspector Michelle McNab, who interviewed Turnbull, said she was delighted Rocky’s story had a happy ending. She said: “Too often with horrendous cases like this there is a bad outcome but it is fantastic that Rocky survived and has been rehomed.
“Dogs are resilient and adaptable. You would never believe a dog could look this happy and well after what he has been through.”
Ms McNab said she believed Rocky should be renamed ‘Lucky’ as he was extremely fortunate to be found after he was left for dead.
She said: “The council worker who found him told me he never normally clears the ditch where Rocky was and it is just amazing that he was found.”