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    Woman sentenced after stabbing her dog to death

    NewsTuesday 03 September 2013
    A woman from Hull has been sentenced to four and a half months in jail after stabbing her pet dog to death. 
    It is reported that Linda Glen, 43, stabbed her pet German shepherd in the stomach because it would not sit with her. 
    Glen stabbed the dog, Hatton, in the stomach and despite her husband trying to stem the bleeding with a tea towel, the dog died in his arms. 
    As well as receiving her jail sentence, Glen has also been banned from keeping animals for the rest of her life. 
    The case was heard at Hull Magistrates’ Court, and District Judge Frederick Rutherford was overseeing. He said: "This was an act of unbelievable, alcohol-induced, catastrophic violence against the family pet.
    "In my mind, it was an act of incredible cruelty. The level of violence shown to the animal was appalling, culminating in its death."
    Glen stabbed Hatton on July 26th and then fled her home, running to Tweed Grove in east Hull. She then assaulted and threatened police officers after she was arrested. 
    The defending solicitor Geoff Ellis said that Glen was suffering from depression and had been drinking heavily on the day of the attack. 
    Speaking to the court, Ellis said: “This is an offence she is extremely distressed about.
    "She has little recollection of what she has done and has been unable to assist about the reasons behind it."
    A previous hearing was held at Hull Magistrate’s Court and the prosecutor Heather Levitt said: "She called the dog into the kitchen. She tried to get him to sit next to her but he wouldn't.
    "She started tugging him by the scruff of the neck and pulled out a large silver kitchen knife and sat on the floor and held it against the dog's throat."
    When the dog tried to get away she held a knife to its throat and said "Do you want me to?"
    She then placed the knife on top of the dog's head so the blade was touching him before her husband grabbed the knife and pulled the dog to safety.
    As he was stroking Hatton he heard a yelp and realised she had grabbed the knife and stabbed the dog in the abdomen.
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