May 2022

Dog owner stabbed his dog 12 times and left her to die

A dog owner has been jailed and banned from keeping animals after fatally stabbing his German Shepherd 12 times and then leaving her to die

Luke Proffit carried out the cruel attack on December 16 last year before concerned members of the public found the severely injured and helpless dog on Hendon Beach in Sunderland.

Upon arrest, 22-year-old Proffit, of no fixed abode, defiantly told officers “it’s not illegal to kill your dog”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that despite the best efforts by vets to save her, the dog later passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest from the shock and pain

There were two 2cm wounds to the left chest resulting in penetrative chest injury. The court heard that Bella also suffered multiple wounds to her neck and a further two puncture wounds to her body.

After stabbing the dog, Proffit, left Bella to die in agony before returning to his flat.

Proffit, of no fixed address in Hendon, but formerly of Hartlepool, later admitted causing unnecessary suffering to animal. He has 25 previous convictions.

He also committed the offence whilst under the supervision of an unrelated suspended prison sentence.

On Monday (May 30) he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He was subsequently jailed for 18 months and banned from owning animals for 18 years.