Lawrence Weston, Bristol: Katy Gammon

#TheList former trainee solicitor Katy Gammon, born 15/08/1986, currently (2018) of 8 Orlebar Gardens, Bristol BS11 0SQ – left a 5yo boxer to starve to death in an abandoned property.

Former trainee solicitor Katy Gammon and Roxy, the boxer dog she left to starve to death.
Former trainee solicitor Katy Gammon from Lawrence Weston, Bristol, and Roxy, the boxer dog she left to starve to death.

In April 2014 Gammon admitted deliberately locking a 5-year-old boxer dog named Roxy in the kitchen of her former home to die.

Gammon, who had moved in with her mother at the time, continued going to work while her pet slowly starved to death.

Asked in court if she had deliberately locked the dog in the kitchen and left her to die, Gammon replied: ‘Yes, basically.’

Roxy’s body lay undiscovered for another eight weeks, by which time it was so decomposed an RSPCA inspector had to use a snow shovel to pick it up.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court had previously heard that Gammon had confined the dog by tying a rope to the kitchen door handle and fixing it to a hook in the hall.

Roxy had frantically clawed at the door, leaving fragments on the floor, as she tried to escape before her death, which would have taken around six days.

Gammon  lost her position at law firm Lyons Davidson.

Sentence: 18 weeks in prison; banned from owning animals for life

The Independent

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2018 update: Gammon is now a single mother with a baby daughter named Isabelle.  The identity of the father is currently unknown.

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire: Derek T Monkton

#TheList Derek T Monkton, born c. 1954, of 49 Broad Street, Bromsgrove B61 8LL – ignored a lifetime ban on keeping animals and allowed his pet greyhound’s teeth to rot

Photo shows neglected greyhound Gypsy and the appalling condition of her teeth.

Monkton was given a lifetime disqualification on keeping animals in March 2005.

But during a two-day trial at Redditch Magistrates Court he was found guilty of breaching the ban by keeping five rabbits and two greyhounds at his home.

Monkton was also found guilty of failing to explore and address the causes of his greyhound’s dental disease.

The court heard how the animals were discovered after they were rescued by firefighters tackling a house fire at the Sidemoor property in February 2013.

After the rescue the animals were taken to a nearby vets.

The grey and white greyhound, named Gypsy, was examined by the vet who discovered the tartar build up on her teeth was so bad it was 5mm thick in some places.

As well as the custodial sentence, which was suspended for two years, Monkton was also ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and was again disqualified from keeping animals under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.

Speaking after the case RSPCA inspector Adrian Langley said: ”He failed to get treatment for Gypsy’s teeth and it caused her pain and suffering.

“Sadly all of Gypsy’s teeth had deteriorated so badly due to the thick build-up of tartar they were not salvageable and had to be removed by the vet.

“Thankfully Gypsy has now been rehomed and is thriving with her new family.

“We are pleased with the result at court especially as this man was a repeat offender.

“People who receive a lifetime ban and ignore it do so at their peril.

Sentencing: 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years. Costs of £2,000. A further lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Worcester News