A 22-year-old man has been jailed after admitting to stabbing his dog 12 times in a horrific attack on Hendon Beach in Sunderland, England. The German Shepherd was found severely injured by members of the public and tragically died of a cardiac arrest shortly after.
A dog owner from Sunderland, northeast England, has been jailed for brutally stabbing his dog 12 times before leaving her to die on a beach.
Luke Proffit carried out the horrific attack on December 16, 2021. Members of the public found the severely wounded German Shepherd on Hendon Beach in Sunderland, where Proffit had just left her to die.
Vets tried relentlessly to save the injured animal, but unfortunately, she passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.
When police arrested 22-year-old Luke Proffit, he told the officers that "it's not illegal to kill your dog".
Proffit appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The judge jailed the 22-year-old for 18 months and banned him from owning any animals for a further 18 years.
PC Peter Baker, Wildlife Enforcement Officer for Northumbria Police, said: "This is an absolutely horrendous case and I welcome the custodial sentence handed down to Proffit.
"It is without question that the dog was subjected to sustained violence and she was found by members of the public with appalling injuries to her body and neck on Hendon beach.
"Proffit is one of the first offenders in our force to be jailed since tougher sentencing guidelines were introduced in courts across the UK last summer for the most heinous animal cruelty crimes.
"We are a nation of animal lovers, and it is always disappointing and upsetting when crimes like this happen. I hope this case sends out a strong message - anyone who hurts or abuses animals will be brought to justice.
"We will continue to work with our fantastic colleagues and partners, including the RSPCA, to educate everyone - including young people in schools across the North East - of the importance of looking after animals"
The court was told that Proffit's dog was previously considered a good weight and a healthy animal, claiming that the attack, although it was serious, was an isolated incident that happened during a time when the defendant was going through a mental health crisis.