A DAD who slaughtered his family’s pet puppy with a kitchen knife has been spared jail.
Christopher Hill killed Patterdale terrier Maggie by stabbing her in the throat in the back garden of his home after a drinking binge.
Sentencing him, magistrates gave the 39-year-old of Maple Avenue, Ripley, an 18-month suspended sentence when he appeared in court on Thursday, May 10 because it was felt his actions largely came as a result of an underlying mental illness.
Defending Hill, Stephen Cooper said: “He is not someone with a propensity of hatred for other animals.
“It was a one-off and it will never be repeated.”
Hill killed Maggie after hearing what he described as ‘voices’ telling him to do so.
Alcohol and sleep deprivation also played a part, Peter Sutcliffe, prosecuting, added. Hill had drunk vodka and Pimms that morning.
Alongside the suspended sentence, Hill will be required to undertake mental health treatment with doctors for a six month period, do 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay £1,500 in costs.
RSPCA inspector David McAdam, who handled the case, said afterwards: “From my side of things, the offence I find brutal in the extreme.”