A SHOCKING x-ray shows the appalling wounds suffered by a defenceless dog blasted full in the face with a shotgun.
Dozens of pieces of lethal shot peppered the Jack Russell’s head from point blank range, leaving her with horrific injuries to her face and jaw.
After being shot, the terrier was left to fend for herself on the streets but was luckily found by a kind-hearted member of the public who made sure she got intensive care treatment.
Vets are working round the clock to treat the dog they have named Molly and say although her condition is severe they are keeping her stable.
Besides the appalling shotgun wounds, she was also underweight when she was found recently at Backwell, near Bristol Airport.
A video released today by the RSPCA Bristol clinic shows Molly tentatively eating food despite the awful wounds to her jaw.
Investigators are trying to piece together how she received the shotgun injuries which could have killed her instantly.
RSPCA Chief Inspector John Atkinson, who is investigating the case, said: “Tragically we believe that Molly has been shot in the face at point blank range.
“It’s heartbreaking to think someone could intentionally attack a dog and then just leave her to fend for herself with such horrific injuries.
“We don’t know exactly what happened to her or how long she has been struggling alone with her injuries and are appealing to anyone who recognises Molly or knows what may have happened to her to get in touch.
“Unfortunately, she has no microchip so we don’t know where she has come from or if she has an owner who is perhaps missing her.”
Molly is under intensive care at the RSPCA Bristol Clinic who are appealing for animal lovers to help towards her care by donating to its Anniversary Appeal.
Dr Damian Pacini, who is leading the team caring for Molly, said: “Molly arrived in a very poor condition.
“Since her arrival she has been receiving 24-hour care by a team of dedicated vets and nurses.
“Her condition is severe but stable, and we are focusing all of our energy on making her as comfortable as possible while we continue her treatment.
Anyone with information about Molly and what happened can contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.