Thug, 27, who beat puppy to death for pooing indoors jailed for less than six MONTHS leaving grieving owner 'devastated'
A THUG who beat a puppy to death for pooing indoors has been jailed for less than six months – leaving the dog's grieving owner "devastated".
Callum Gerken was sentenced on Friday after beating 17-week-old black Labrador named Shadow with a slipper.
The tragic pet suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack in Oxford last month.
Scaffolder Gerken, 27, also sent malicious voice messages to Shadow's owner, saying: "I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other."
Slamming the sentence as lenient, Shadow's owner told the Oxford Mail that she was "devastated".
The woman, who asked not to be named, said little Shadow was treasured by two children aged 6 and 8.
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
She added: "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."
Police were called on April 3 to an address in Oxford where Gerken had caused serious injuries to the puppy – who belonged to a woman in her 20s.
Gerken was arrested on April 4 before being charged the following day.
BEAT HER FOR POOING INDOORS
Oxford Magistrates Court heard that Gerken, of Woodfarm in Oxford, had become angry with the puppy for not being house-trained and tearing up belongings.
He started repeatedly hitting the dog with a slipper and refused to get help for the dying puppy as she struggled to breath.
Gerken then sent sick voice clips to Shadow's owner saying the puppy had "s*** everywhere."
He added: "I have just beat it from one side of the room to the other.
"I don't give a f***. That is how it will be with me.
"She ain't gonna do that again because she cannot f***ing walk."
Gerken previously denied charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and sending malicious communications.
But he changed his plea to guilty at the last minute on Friday.
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."
He was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £250 compensation, £1,000 in court costs and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.
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