A HAMPSHIRE man will face trial after allegedly shooting a dog four times in the head with an air riffle.

It is claimed that Simon Hancock carried out the shooting in an attempt to destroy the animal.

Hancock is accused of shooting the Lakeland Terrier before dumping it in a bush, where it “suffered” for five days.

The 36-year-old denies the allegations and will face trial in May.

During a hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court, the RSPCA alleged that Hancock attempted to euthanise the dog, named Jet.

It is alleged he took the action after the dog apparently bit the daughter of his ex-partner.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court that Hancock allegedly shot the dog four times in the head with an air rifle.

The dog was found five days later in a bush near Alton, Hampshire.

Mr Knight said that dog was “suffering” when it was found on July 16 last year.

The RSPCA said that Jet had survived and is “doing great”.

Hancock denies the allegation, of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal,

He said the dog was given to a friend, who he claims carried out the act. The RSPCA says the friend cannot be located.

Hancock, of Terrier Close, Hedge End, will next appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court for the start of a two day trial on May 14.