A Melton man who threw a nine-week-old puppy out of the third floor window of his flat has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.
Wayne Keightley (42), of Rutland Street, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the nine-week-old female Staffordshire bull terrier at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday, September 14) in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA.
The court heard how Keightley smashed the window with a vase, threw the puppy, named Gypsy, out the window and then jumped out himself minutes later, fracturing his ankle, on January 20.
Thankfully Gypsy has now recovered from injuries sustained in the 20ft fall and is in a foster home.
RSPCA inspector Andy Bostock, who investigated, said: “When Gypsy was found on the floor, she was obviously in pain and was very distressed.
“She was immediately taken to a vet and was treated for injuries to her face, leg and abdomen. She is a very, very lucky dog to have not been more seriously injured, considering also how young and delicate she was at nine-weeks-old.
“There is absolutely no excuse to throw an animal out of a window like this - Gypsy would have been terrified and in pain from the various injuries she received. She got off lightly and is now thriving in her foster home.”
Keightley, who had denied throwing Gypsy out of the window, will be sentenced at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 28.