A dog owner has been sentenced to 23 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his “only best friend” to death and then throwing the dog’s bloodied body into the trash. Peter David James Waters, 41, from the village of Yarnfield in Staffordshire, England appeared at Cannock Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal – his Staffordshire bull terrier.
According to Staffordshire News Letter, Waters appeared to be drunk when police arrived after a neighbor called authorities and told him Waters had killed his dog. “I’ve stabbed him once in the heart and once in the throat,” Waters yelled. The neighbor described Waters that day as loud and aggressive and heard him earlier yelling at the dog he had rescued just four months prior to the abuse. Waters stated Kyzer had been badly beaten, but the dog soon became his “only best friend.” After stabbing the dog, Waters then wrapped his dog’s body in a duvet and threw it in the trash. According to RSPCA Inspector Laura Bryant:
“Kyzer had been stabbed twice through the chest bone, breaking his ribs and puncturing his heart, before being dumped inside a bin, wrapped in his bedding which was completely soaked in blood. On the day it happened, Waters was overheard shouting at Kyzer – who he had only had for four months – but he has not given a reason as to why he did it. There was so much blood on Kyzer, on his bedding and on a radiator inside the house. What Kyzer went through is stomach-churning. We hear of so many incidents of animal cruelty, but this is one of the more violent ones I have ever dealt with. Kyzer would have been terrified and in so much pain – he wouldn’t have stood a chance.”
The RSPCA vet stated the pattern of the stab wounds indicated Kyzer had been lying on his back in a submissive position as if to say, “don’t hurt me.” Waters maintains however, he has no recollection of stabbing his dog who he described as “a beautiful dog,” although he admitted he must have done the egregious deed and called it “disgusting.”
Waters has an extensive criminal background of 32 previous convictions since 1994 which included theft, assaults and burglary. Waters is also banned from owning any animals for the next 20 years. Animal advocates are currently lobbying the government for longer sentences under the Animal Welfare Act.
Photos of man stabbing his only best friend courtesy of the RSPCA.
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