Via the Echo:
Man stabs dog
Aug 22 2007
by Helen Hunt, Liverpool Echo
A MAN who stabbed his puppy to teach it a lesson has been banned for life from owning an animal.
Matthew Maddock, 25, stabbed and slashed his six-month-old bull mastiff Coco after it soiled the bathroom floor.
Police found the badly injured animal lying in a pool of blood.
Maddock told them he had to do it, otherwise the puppy would never learn.
Maddock, 25, from Livingstone Avenue, Aigburth, admitted causing unnecessary suffering at a previous hearing.
Liverpool magistrates gave him a four-month suspended sentence and ordered him to do 150 hoursâ€™ unpaid work and pay costs of Â£60.
They also told him he could never own an animal or even have one travel in the same car as him.
Police were called to Maddockâ€™s flat at 6.15am on June 24 after reports of a disturbance.
When they arrived, it emerged that Maddock had been the only one in the flat.
Amanda Haycock, prosecuting, said Maddock told them the noise had been him shouting at the dog.
After noticing blood stains, officers were directed to the bathroom where they found the dog shaking and looking very scared, lying in a pool of blood with wounds all over its body and a major stab wound to its stomach.
A blood-splattered knife and a mop pole were nearby.
Ms Haycock said Maddock told officers he had to teach it a lesson while it was a puppy or it would never learn.
In his defence, Phil Libe told the court that Maddock had been drinking and had a drinking problem as well as issues with substance abuse.
RSPCA Inspector Claire Cain said: â€œThis is a particularly vicious, intentional act of cruelty. The sentence reflects how seriously these matters are taken, although Iâ€™m disappointed the sentence was not tougher.
â€œFor this man to stab a dog to teach it a lesson is beyond belief.â€
Coco, who has been renamed Hope, survived and is being found a new home.