A man has been given a community order after slitting his own dog’s throat with a knife in a so-called ‘religious ritual’.
After senselessly killing his pet Chihuahua named Lilly, someone saw Jozef Daria, 36, holding a bloodied bag in his garden.
Police were sent to his Broom Valley Road house in Rotherham and found the dead dog hidden behind a bush.
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Officers then searched the house and found the knife used to cut the dog’s neck.
The incident happened on Friday, October 15 2021 and the man was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday (February 3) of causing unnecessary suffering of an animal.
He was handed a two year community order, ordered to undergo 25 days of rehab and is being made to pay £95 in costs as well as 90 days of alcohol abstinence.
The man’s two other dogs were seized by police for their own safety.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “A Rotherham man has appeared before Sheffield Crown Court after killing his Chihuahua during a religious ritual.
“Jozef Daria, 36, of Broom Valley Road, appeared before court on 20 January charged with unnecessary suffering of an animal after admitting last year on officers’ arrival that he had killed his pet dog.
“On Friday 15 October 2021 at 2.45pm officers attended the home of Daria after concerns were raised stating he had been seen in his garden with blood on his hands, holding a carrier bag.
“Officers conducted a search of Daria’s garden and found a dead Chihuahua in a carrier bag concealed behind a bush.
“When questioned, Daria stated that he had killed the dog as part of a religious ritual he was doing that afternoon. A knife was recovered from his home that had been used to cut the dog’s neck.
“Working in partnership with the RSPCA, Rotherham Neighbourhood Officers ensured Daria’s other two dogs were seized for their own safety.
“Daria was sentenced to a two-year community order, 25 days of rehabilitation, 90 days of alcohol abstinence, ordered to pay court costs of £95 and disqualified from owning or keeping animals for five years.”