Jailed, solicitor who starved dog to death in locked room: Boxer tried to claw its way out of kitchen before dying in agony
(I hope to keep this traceable for as long as there is an internet; this thing is not a human being, she is a monster. Web rumour is that she has actually given birth. I can only hope that the U.K’s version of Child Protective Services has her on their radar. This kind of wanton cruelty is an indicator of a sociopathic personality.)
Katy Gammon, 27, tied up her pet boxer Roxy and left home for a week
Solicitor returned to a stench so strong she could not face going inside
Boxer was eventually found 10 weeks later after complaints about flies
RSPCA inspectors had to scrape dead Roxy off the floor with a shovel
Gammon, from Bristol, has been jailed for 18 weeks today
Magistrate says cruelty was ‘deliberate’ and ‘most serious court has seen’
Shockingly, Gammon had piled tins of dog food and dog treats outside the kitchen – just feet away from where Roxy was
RSPCA Inspector Albinson added: “This is one of the worst cases we have ever come across. “The police who attended the scene were genuinely upset by it and they investigate human murders. “She showed no remorse whatsoever in interview.”
A trainee solicitor was jailed yesterday for locking her dog in the kitchen and starving it to death.
Roxy, a five-year-old Boxer, died in agony after she was trapped without food or water for more than a week.
Her owner, Katy Gammon, 27, who had moved in with her mother at the time, continued going to work while her pet slowly perished.
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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 is thought to have confined Roxy to one room because she was not house trained.
Her body was found after Gammon started staying with her mother nearby.
She returned to feed Roxy until she dislocated her knee and was unable to get to the house, then falsely claimed her ex-boyfriend was feeding her pet.
Gammon told RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson she had left Roxy without food for a week in August, and returned to find an awful smell, adding: ‘I assumed she was dead. I never went back.’
Asked if she had deliberately locked her in the kitchen and left her to die, Gammon replied: ‘Yes, basically.’
A number of items had desperately been pulled out of cupboards. We believe this was a desperate attempt at searching for food or water.
‘Roxy suffered a slow, painful death which could have been prevented.’
Farah Rashid, defending, said Gammon ‘hated herself’ for the suffering she had caused, adding: ‘There is no excuse. This conviction has ended the career she has been working for ten years.’ (She doesn’t hate herself as much as the rest of the world will hate her, as word continues to spread. It is my fervent wish that she never has a happy day for the rest of her miserable life.)
An online petition had collected 100,000 signatures for ‘justice for Roxy the boxer dog’, and protesters campaigning for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty gathered outside the court and chanted.
Sentencing, magistrate Rod Mayall said: ‘You have shown limited remorse. You failed to behave as any normal person would have. This is the most serious case of animal cruelty encountered in these courts.’