Page last updated at 18:13 GMT, Monday, 12 May 2008 19:13 UK

Dog hit with hammer then stabbed

Scene of attack on dog
RSPCA inspectors were contacted by police after the attack

A County Durham teenager has been given a four-month detention and training order for hitting his family pet with a hammer then stabbing it to death.

The 16-year-old was also banned by Newton Aycliffe Youth Court for keeping animals for life.

Magistrates heard that the 14-year-old male Staffordshire bull terrier dog was hit over the head, then stabbed in the throat with a kitchen knife.

Despite treatment by a vet, it had to be put to sleep two days later.

RSPCA inspectors were contacted by Durham Police after the attack last November.

'Unrelenting cruelty'

At an earlier hearing in April, the youth pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering.

In mitigation, the court heard that it was an impulsive action and not a pre-meditated act of cruelty, and the remorse was immediate.

RSPCA inspector Sue Craig said: "This was a shocking case of deliberate and unrelenting cruelty.

"Today's sentence reflects the callous and cruel nature of this case, and I'm very pleased with the result.

"There's no excusing what this boy did. He showed complete disregard for the life he was taking, or the suffering he caused in doing so."




RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific