#TheList Wayne Anthony Bishop, born 23/09/1987, originally from Droitwich, Worcs, and more recently Flat 6, Holland Court, 110 Milton Road, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset B23 2UJ – stabbed his dog to death.
Bishop admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a mastiff cross known as General.
The court heard how he stabbed the dog to death “in anger” before leaving his body to rot inside his flat for several days.
The dog was found by police officers in Bishop’s then home in Stalls Farm Road, Droitwich, after neighbours alerted them to the smell coming from the property.
Officers found General lying in a pool of blood and with a stab wound to his chest.
Initially, Bishop told the RSPCA he attacked his dog but claimed it was after the dog had attacked him.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Hayward, said: “It’s horrendous to think that he was stabbed to death in such a brutal attack.
“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.”
Sentencing: 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years; 250 hours of community service; £865 in costs. Lifetime disqualification order on all animals.