#TheList Paul McCaw, born 03/09/1985, of 66 Laurel Avenue, Newton-le-Willows WA12 8JA – stabbed an arthritic terrier to death before burying her in his back garden
Staffy Cheech “died an absolutely terrible, violent death” at the hands of her owner McCaw.
RSPCA inspectors visited McCaw’s home after a tip-off from neighbours who noticed Cheech was missing. Some reportedly heard the dog’s cries and yelps the previous evening.
Prosecuting, Peter Mitchell said: “He said that the dog collapsed in pain, so he took it into the back garden and he strangled it.”
But when inspectors dug up the body, they found the ten-year-old dog covered in multiple stab wounds and soaked in blood.
Mr Mitchell said that one of the wounds looked as if McCaw had attempted to “slash its wrist”. Cheech also had wounds to her head, chest and neck.
In total Cheech suffered 40 wounds – with one puncturing a lung – causing her to collapse. The dog eventually died, drowning in her own blood.
Mark Brown, defending, told magistrates: “He was of the view that Cheech was suffering and needed to be put out of its misery.”
He said McCaw tried to smother the dog, but it didn’t work, so he stabbed her.
RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said: ‘This dog suffered an absolutely terrible, violent death at the hands of an owner who had been responsible for her for almost her entire life.
‘Though he says he thought he was putting her out of her misery, he actually caused her to suffer much more with the actions he took. First trying to suffocate her then stabbing her many, many times.
‘I can’t imagine what this dog’s final hours must have been like at the hands of someone she loved.
‘It certainly wasn’t the dignified and pain-free end most owners hope for their beloved pets.’
Sentence: jailed for 18 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for 20 years (expires November 2032).