A GRINNING farmer shot a cockapoo, showed it to its owner and told her, “Help yourself”.
The shooting happened after three-year-old Benji ran off from owner Kerri Malley, 40.
When she asked a farmer by a Land Rover if he saw him, he said: “Yes, I’ve shot it. Help yourself, it’s in the back.”
It was only when she looked in the trailer she saw the family pet had been shot in the face and was barely breathing, she claims.
The dog died minutes after arriving at a vet’s.
Cheshire police said the farmer had found a dog attacking a sheep and so was entitled to shoot it.
But Kerri claims the farmer told her Benji did not did not touch or harm his sheep – and is calling for a change in the law.
Kerri, from Winterley, Cheshire, said: “My Benji was lying there, having been shot in the face.
“I fell to my knees in complete shock of what I was witnessing.
“I find it incredibly hard to stomach that a burly farmer such as this had him within reach to kick, but not to grab him and place him in the back of the Land Rover.
“My personal impression is Benji was a mere trophy, and nothing I do now can bring him back.
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