#TheList Marc Turnbull (aka Marc Corbett), born 13/02/1975, most recent known address Dainty Grove, Northampton – attempted to kill his pet dog by shooting him five times in the head and battering him with a shovel
Turnbull claimed that he had no other option but to inflict the appalling injuries on the dog, named Rocky, as he’d been unsuccessful in finding him a new home.
He tied the dog’s lead to a post and then shot him five times in the head with an airgun to “put it out of its misery”. When he thought this ”had not worked” Turnbull hit Rocky with a shovel and left him in a ditch, possibly in a black bin liner that was found nearby.
Amazingly, Rocky was found alive by a council worker who was clearing rubbish from the lay-by three days later. He was taken to a vet and found to have a number of serious injuries, including a deep wound to the back of his head. Both of his eyes were bleeding and he was underweight.
When Rocky was examined by veterinarians, he had severe head injuries and x-rays showed he had been shot five times in the head and once in the leg.
He also had a large open wound on the back of his head which was down to the ridge of the skull and had been caused by a blow to the head.
RSPCA officers managed to track Turnbull as the owner because the dog was microchipped.
An air gun was found at Turnbull’s property and he then voluntarily attended Wellingborough Police Station to be interviewed by an RSPCA officer.
In court in August 2013 Turnbull’s defence lawyer said his client was suffering from anxiety and believed that Rocky was upsetting his wife, Emma Turnbull, and causing his family circumstances to be intolerable.
Rocky miraculously recovered from his horrific injuries and was re-homed with a loving family. They described him as a “lovable dog” and “very good-natured”, adding that he appeared to be suffering from no major after-effects of his ordeal.
Sentence: 20 weeks in jail. 20-year ban on keeping an animal.