Wayne Bishop stabbed pet mastiff dog to death 'in anger'
A man stabbed his dog to death "in anger" before leaving its body to rot inside his flat for several days.
Wayne Bishop has been banned from keeping animals after the "brutal" attack on General his mastiff cross at an address in Worcestershire.
Bishop, 29, admitted causing unnecessary suffering and was sentenced at Worcester Magistrates' Court on 9 June.
The RSPCA said General's was a "horrific case of animal cruelty".
He was found by police officers in Bishop's then home in Stalls Farm Road, Droitwich, after neighbours alerted them to the smell coming from the property, the RSPCA said.
Officers found the dog's body with a stab wound to his chest.
Initially Bishop told the RSPCA he attacked his dog, but claimed it was after the dog had attacked him.
Bishop, now of St Margaret's Terrace, Weston Super Mare, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and he was given a lifetime disqualification order on all animals.
He was also ordered to carry out 250 hours community service and pay £865 in costs.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Hayward, said: "It's horrendous to think that he was stabbed to death in such a brutal attack.
"Bishop had no injuries so we disputed his claims he had been attacked by General.
"He later admitted he stabbed the dog in anger and said at the time General wasn't attacking him as he had first claimed."