Shocked RSPCA officers are appealing for information after a dog was found with a crossbow bolt through his skull near Wansford.
Ziggy, a white and black male, two-year-old Staffordshire terrier, was found in a remote piece of woodland near Wansford on Wednesday morning, with a 20 inch carbon fibre weapon sticking into one side of his head and out the other side.
Luckily Ziggy was spotted by two passers-by as they drove down a rural road, near the wooded area close to Wansford.
They took him straight to the nearest vet and from there called the RSPCA.
Vet, Laura Woodland from Vets for Pets, in Peterborough, operated on Ziggy immediately.
She managed to remove the whole bolt from Ziggy’s skull.
The vets found that luckily the weapon had deflected off the skull and missed Ziggy’s vital organs by mere millimetres.
Stamford-based RSPCA inspector, Justin Stubbs, said he was shocked by the attack.
He said: “Despite this bolt going straight through Ziggy’s head it miraculously missed his brain, ear capsule and eyes - I could not quite believe it.
“Whoever did this took a very intentional shot at very close range.
“I think they must have been aiming at the back of the head and Ziggy must have moved at just the right distance right at the last minute.
“I don’t know whether they then took him deep into the wood and dumped him, or had already taken him into the wood and so just left him there, injured.
“What we are quite sure about is that poor Ziggy was probably roaming about in the middle of nowhere for a couple of days with this bolt stuck in his head.
“He would have been terrified, and in complete agony.
“It really broke my heart this one.
“What got me was the way Ziggy sat there, with that bolt through his head, wagging his tail at me in such a good natured way - asking for a bit of a fuss.
“It is miraculous that the bolt missed all his organs, but he’s not out of the woods yet.
“With these kind of nasty wounds infection can be very dangerous and the next couple of days will be key to seeing how he recovers.”
Justin wants to appeal to anyone who may have any information regarding the incident.
He specifically appealed to the owner of Ziggy and anyone who may know of the owner or recognise Ziggy to get in touch.
On Thursday, Justin told the Mercury that he had been to see Ziggy at the vets and he has already starting to make a brilliant recovery after the horrible ordeal he had been through.
If you have any information please get in contact with the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018