Labrador puppy beaten to death with slipper for defecating inside house

A scaffolder who beat a puppy to death with a slipper has been jailed for almost six months. Callum Gerken, 27, became angry with 17-week-old Labrador Shadow for defecating inside the property and tearing the furniture, Oxford Magistrates Court heard. He then set upon her with his slipper, before sending vile messages to her owner stating: ‘I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.’ In the voice notes he also said: ‘I don’t give a f**k. That is how it will be with me. She ain’t gonna do that again because she cannot f**king walk.’ The puppy suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack.

She then showed signs of struggling to breathe, but Gerken did not seek medical help, the court heard. Police were called to an address in Saunders Road, Oxford, between 4pm and 6.30pm on April 3. Gerken was arrested on April 4 and charged the following day.

Shadow belonged to a woman in her 20s, who does not wish to be named. She told the Oxford Mail the puppy was treasured by two children, aged six and eight. The owner said: ‘I was there when she was born and I watched her grow up and learn to walk and run. She didn’t know anything else but love. ‘They had only had her five weeks and they all absolutely adored her and he comes along and beats her to death.’

Gerken previously denied charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and sending malicious communications but later changed his plea to guilty at the last minute. In court, he was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison and ordered him to pay £250 compensation and £1,000 in court costs.

He is also banned from keeping dogs for 10 years. 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.’ Shadow’s owner added that she is ‘devastated’ by what happened and called the sentence too lenient.


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    Alison 2 years ago

    Why only a 10 year ban. He should have been banned from keeping animals for life. That poor defrnceless puppy must have suffered so much pain in the attack. R.I.P sweetheart you deserved better.

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    Christine Boulton 2 years ago

    Agree with previous post the sentence is far too light. Not sure I will be reading The Blog For Dogs again as there are too many depressing stories. I am well aware of the level of cruelty to animals not just dogs but find it too upsetting to read about. For the same reason I no longer watch Dog Rescuers.

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    Gene Middleton 2 years ago

    Put him in a room with dog owners with baseball bats and give him the same treatment!. I would be first in line. Should get ten years in prison with hard labour. I cannot repeat what I think of him.

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    patlucky 2 years ago

    My 100% most favourite dog is the Black Labrador.
    This bit of S—t still breaths.
    I hope he gets what is coming to him.
    That puppies pain is to much to think about.
    Why the hell does the law allow these armpits to breath the air .

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