A Cairns man has been charged with serious animal cruelty after stabbing his pet labrador.

A Queensland man has been charged with stabbing his pet dog in the neck because it was being disobedient.

The 65-year-old Cairns resident faces up to seven years jail for allegedly stabbing his labrador Tangles with a small kitchen knife on Saturday night.

“His story was that the dog was being disobedient and we believe that alcohol was involved,” Senior Constable Heidi Marek told AAP.

“He took matters into his own hands and stabbed the dog as a result.

“We’ll be requesting that the dog not be returned to its owner for obvious reasons.”

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said Tangles, a four-year-old male, was in a stable condition.

“From what I understand his injuries aren’t critical,” he said.

His owner, who lives with a house mate, had attempted to treat his pet’s wound.

“It seemed that the guy did bandage the dog after he stabbed it, which is a bit weird,” Mr Beatty said.

Tangles is being treated by a Cairns vet and is expected to be transferred to the RSPCA’s care on Monday or Tuesday.

The dog’s owner has been charged with one count of serious animal cruelty and is due to face court in October.

In March, the Queensland government announced maximum seven-year jail terms for animal cruelty, which is almost double the previous penalty.