A pet owner strangled and stabbed her pet Yorkshire Terrirer until it died.
Patricia King, 47, admitted to killing the dog named Pepper, with Ms Louise Freeman, prosecuting for the RSPCA, telling a court that the pet was found with multiple stab wounds.
Pepper was also found to have been strangled which could not be ruled out as a cause of death, with the incident happening on February 7 this year.
“A post-mortem report also showed strangulation,” Ms Freeman told Hull Magistrates Court yesterday.
“The cause of death was likely due to the stab wounds, but suffocation was not ruled out. Prosecution states the case is high culpability.”
High culpability is described as foresight of or wilful blindness to risk but Ian Phillip, the duty solicitor at Magistrates’, argued it could be a low culpability case due to King’s mental health issues, HullLive reports.
King, of Palm Court, Hull, had been suffering from significant mental health problems at the time of the offence, the court heard.
King had been admitted to a mental health facility on three occasions which the solicitors agreed meant that she was not in the right state of mind.
The court adjourned the case so that the Probation Service can create an all-options pre-sentence report. King was asked to speak with the probation service to set up an appointment for the report after the hearing concluded.
The report will be an expert assessment of the nature and causes of King’s behaviour, the risk she poses and to whom, as well as an independent recommendation of the sentencing options available to the court.
King pleaded guilty to the charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely the infliction of physical abuse and she knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
She will appear in court again on December 15 to be sentenced.