#TheList Callum Lee Gerken, born 6 January 1992, of Wood Farm, Oxford – beat a Labrador puppy to death with a slipper
Shadow, a 17-week old black Labrador puppy, suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack by Callum Gerken.
Gerken also sent malicious voice clip messages to Shadow’s owner, claiming ‘I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.’
On Wednesday April 3, police were called to an address in Saunders Road, Oxford, where Gerken had caused serious injuries to the puppy.
Gerken was arrested on April 4 before being charged the following day.
The court heard that Gerken had become angry with the puppy for defecating inside and ruining items in the house by tearing them.
He started repeatedly hitting the dog with a slipper.
When the animal was struggling to breathe, Gerken refused to get medical help.
Gerken sent voice clips to Shadow’s owner which amounted to malicious communications.
In the messages, he said the puppy had ‘sh*t everywhere. I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.
‘I don’t give a fuck. That is how it will be with me. She ain’t gonna do that again because she cannot fucking walk.’
Gerken had previously denied the charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and sending malicious communications. But he changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.
Sentencing Gerken, magistrates told him: ‘The dog died as a result of what was done to her.
‘You were determined to cause harm and you made threats that you would cause further harm to the dog.
‘You were in a position of responsibility. You used a slipper as a weapon.
‘You did not call or take the dog to the vet or seek advice even though you were aware she was unwell.’
Supporters shouted ‘love you Cal, see you next week’ as he was taken away from the dock.
Sentencing: 23 weeks in prison; ordered to pay £250 compensation and £1,000 in court costs. Banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.