Essex

Man admits throwing dog from 10th floor window in Essex

A man has pleaded guilty to throwing a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to its death from the tenth floor of a block of flats in Essex.

James Bray, 24, admitted three animal cruelty offences at Southend Magistrates' Court.

The court heard the animal suffered multiple injuries after being dropped from Bray's flat in Pantile Avenue, Southend on 18 January.

Bray will be sentenced at the court on 25 July.

The eight-year-old male dog, named Deano, had also been injured before being killed, the court heard.

Tests showed the injuries were likely to have been caused by the animal being hit or kicked.

'Very upsetting'

Bray called police and admitted throwing the dog out of his window.

In police interview, he said had tied "Deano" up in his bathroom for four hours on 17 January.

He told officers the dog had made a mess of his carpet and had bitten his foot.

Bray said he felt scared and threatened by the dog and had wanted to "teach it a lesson".

He told police he accepted responsibility for what he had done and regretted it.

The court heard Bray was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after the incident.

He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and had been receiving treatment in hospital for his condition, before being released recently.

After the case, an RSPCA spokesman said: "We know that the animal would have suffered before it died and that in itself is very upsetting.

"From our point of view, we are very pleased that this gentleman has recognised that this was a terrible thing to do and pleaded guilty."

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