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Melton Mowbray man jailed for throwing dog from window

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Image caption Gypsy - a nine week old Staffordshire bull terrier - was left 'terrified and in pain"

A man who committed a "horrific act" in throwing a nine-week-old puppy out of a upstairs window has been jailed.

Wayne Keightley, 42, of Rutland Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, had already been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Leicester magistrates sentenced him to 10 weeks prison and banned him from keeping a pet for three years.

The RSPCA, which brought the case, said Gypsy was left "terrified and in pain" but was now recovering well.

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Image caption Wayne Keightley claimed the dog fell when a gang broke into his flat

Keightley claimed the female Staffordshire bull terrier fell as he tried to escape a gang who had broken into the flat.

He said he threw a vase through the second floor window before jumping himself and breaking his ankle.

His trial earlier this month heard he told paramedics at the scene he had been drinking and had taken drugs.

The defence insisted Keightley had been a "dog lover all his life".

District Judge Tim Daber said: "Thankfully the injuries seem to be superficial, but it was the result of quite an horrific act, for whatever reason that act was committed."

Keightley was jailed for a further four weeks after activating a suspended sentence for knife possession.

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