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Redcar pair admit burying dog alive with nail in head

Michael Heathcock (left) and Richard Finch
Image caption Michael Heathcock (left) and Richard Finch admitted offences under the Animal Welfare Act

Two men have admitted their part in a botched attempt at euthanasia on a pet dog which left it with such severe injuries it had to be put down.

The animal was discovered buried alive with a nail hammered in its head, in Kirkleatham Woods, Redcar, in October.

Michael Heathcock, 59 and 60-year-old Richard Finch, both from Redcar, pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

Sentencing will take place at Teesside Magistrates Court on 1 March.

The court was told Heathcock thought he could not afford to have his 16-year-old terrier - called Scamp - put down by a vet.

He did it himself, thinking he was "doing the right thing", but botched the attempt.

A couple walking in the woods heard whimpering and found the dog in a mound of earth

A vet called it the worst case he had ever come across.

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Image caption The dog's injuries were so severe it needed to be put down

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