#TheList Wayne Keightley, born c. 1974, of Rutland St, Melton Mowbray LE13 1QR – threw a 9-week-old puppy from the window of his third-floor flat
In a prosecution brought by the RSPCA, habitual cocaine user Keightley was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the 9-week-old Staffy named Gypsy after throwing her from the window of his third-floor flat. The distressed puppy suffered injuries to her face, leg and abdomen in the 20-foot fall but has since recovered.
The court heard how Keightley smashed the window with a vase, threw Gypsy out the window and then jumped out himself minutes later. Sadly he survived with just a fracture to his ankle. He was found on the floor outside in a “rambling” state dragging himself away from the property.
The court heard he told paramedics he had taken a line of cocaine “a couple of hours” before the incident and had also drunk three cans of lager on the same day.
He told the court seven men entered his property to steal watches and were stabbing him in the hands with a pole with a spear-head attached whenever he tried to pick up the frightened puppy. This was not accepted by the court.
As well as having Gypsy confiscated, Keightley is banned from keeping pets of all kinds for the next three years.
He received a 10-week sentence for the offence against Gypsy and a further four-week sentence because he had been subject to a suspended sentence for possessing a knife at the time of this offence.
He spent half of his 14-week sentence in custody and the second half out on licence.
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.”
Sentence: 10-week prison sentence for animal cruelty (further 4 weeks for knife possession); banned from keeping any animal for three, yes THREE, years (expires September 2019).