A Northamptonshire man who stabbed his dog in a park and left him for dead has been sent to jail and disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Steven Cook (DOB 01/07/1977), of Greenhill Crescent, Daventry, took three year-old shih tzu Ronnie to Spider Park, in Daventry, where he repeatedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife in the face, neck and body on 23 August last year.

Ronnie was found shortly afterwards by a member of the public, who took him to a vets, where it was found he had 10 wounds to his body, including a fractured skull, fractured leg and multiple stab wounds.

His injuries were so severe that he was euthanised at the vets later that day.

Cook was later interviewed by an RSPCA inspector, where he admitted that he stabbed Ronnie because the dog had bitten his hand and he thought Ronnie was going to bite his child. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in December to causing unnecessary suffering to the dog.

Yesterday (Mon 18 Jan) at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, Cook was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and given the lifetime disqualification order.

RSPCA inspector Michelle Hare, who investigated the case, said: “This is an absolutely horrific case, showing animal cruelty at its very worst. Ronnie would have suffered massively, he would have been petrified during the attack and he would have been in a great deal of pain.

“Cook admitted taking a kitchen knife, putting the dog on a lead and walking him to nearby Spider Park.

“It was there that he repeatedly stabbed Ronnie, leaving him for dead. If it wasn’t for the horrified member of the public who found him, he would have died a very slow and lonely death. Sadly, the injuries Ronnie sustained meant that he could not be saved and he died later that day at the vets.

“There is no excuse for such extreme cruelty in any circumstances.

“It is very sad indeed that a young dog died such a horrible and needless death.”