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James Bray jailed for throwing dog from 10th floor

A man who killed his Staffordshire bull terrier by throwing it out of a 10th-floor flat window has been jailed.

James Bray, 24, of Pantile Avenue, Southend, had admitted three animal cruelty offences at an earlier hearing.

Southend Magistrates' Court had heard Bray called police on 18 January and admitted throwing the dog from the window. He claimed he did it because the animal was being too aggressive.

Bray was jailed for four months and given a life ban on keeping animals.

'No excuse'

Police found the body of the dog - called Deano - on the ground at the base of the flats. It had died on impact.

RSPCA inspector Matt Gough said: "It is inexplicable that someone would do this. Even if the dog had attacked him, there is no excuse for throwing it out of the window.

"We are pleased that the magistrates have given him a lifetime ban on keeping animals."

Bray was ordered to pay £500 costs to the RSPCA.

He cannot request for the ban on him keeping animals to be lifted for at least 10 years.

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