Former professional rugby player stabbed dog to death

A former professional rugby player from New Zealand, who fatally stabbed his neighbour’s dog in Perth now faces a possible jail term.

Bullet the bull mastiff was stabbed in the head, shoulder and torso during an early morning fracas between Silo Sagote and his neighbours in Redcliffe on January 27 last year.

The dog was treated at a veterinary hospital but went into cardiac arrest the next day and died after 25 minutes of resuscitation efforts.

There was “confusion” at the doorway and Sagote, a former professional rugby union player, was very sad the dog died, the lawyer said.

Sagote, who smoked cannabis that night and has spent six weeks in custody for breaching bail, will be sentenced later on Wednesday.

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