Redcar pair admit burying dog alive with nail in head

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Michael Heathcock (left) and Richard Finch
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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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The dog's injuries were so severe it needed to be put down

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