Jailing of Gloucester dog-stab man Derrick Rowe welcomed

The jailing of a man who stabbed his dog to death and dumped its body in a bin has been welcomed by the RSPCA.

Derrick Rowe, 57, from Matson in Gloucester, admitted killing the Jack Russell in September last year after it bit him on the hand.

He was jailed for 18 weeks by Cheltenham magistrates on Thursday and banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life.

RSPCA inspector Philip Mann said the sentence sent the right message.

"There are always alternatives to extreme violence or violence at all to an animal," Mr Mann said.

"The ban shows that if you commit something of this sort, you are not going to have animals for the rest of your life which we feel is the right message."

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