‘Animal cruelty at its worst’ – man stabs pet dog to death with kitchen knife
PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 23 June 2017
A Weston man who used a kitchen knife to stab his pet dog to death has been banned from keeping animals for life.
Wayne Bishop’s crime has since been described as ‘animal cruelty at its worst’ by RSPCA investigators, yet Bishop escaped a prison sentence when his case was heard at Worcester Magistrates Court this week.
The bench was told how Bishop had been living in Droitwich at the time of the incident last July, but has since moved to Weston.
Bishop did admit to killing his mastiff cross – named General – at his then-home in Stalls Farm Road, before leaving the animal’s body to rot in the flat for several days.
The dog’s body was eventually found by police who had forced entry to the flat after being alerted by neighbours concerned about the stench coming from the property.
Officers in turn involved the RSPCA, whose investigation revealed General had been killed by a stab wound to the chest.
Bishop, aged 30, claimed when questioned that he had only stabbed his pet in self defence after the dog had attacked him.
That saw him initially deny a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, levelled under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 during his first court appearance.
However, further investigation of the case revealed that Bishop himself had sustained no injuries – calling into question his claims that General had attacked him first.
That saw Bishop change his plea at the beginning of a scheduled trial, and he instead admitted he had killed his dog in a moment of cruelty.
Magistrates sentenced him to 18 weeks in prison, but ordered the custodial term to be suspended for two years.
However, the sentence handed down also included an order that he carry out 250 hours of unpaid community work, as well as pay £865 in court costs.
He was also banned from keeping any type of animal for the rest of his life.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Hayward, who investigated the case, said afterwards that Bishop’s behaviour had been ‘horrific’ and ‘brutal’.
She said: “Bishop had no injuries so we disputed his claims he had been attacked by General. He later admitted he stabbed the dog in anger and said at the time General wasn’t attacking him as he had first claimed.
“General’s death was an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty at its worst.
“It’s horrendous to think that he was stabbed to death in such a brutal attack. There is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty.”
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