Woman who starved dog to death sentenced to 24 weeks in jail

Katy Gammon, 27, of Capel Road, Bristol, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing unnecessary suffering and neglect of a boxer type dog named Roxy.

Today (Wednesday 9 April) Gammon was given the maximum custodial sentence of 24 weeks, reduced to 18 weeks because of her early guilty plea. She will spend nine weeks of it in prison and the remaining nine weeks out on license.

Gammon was also given a lifetime ban on  keeping animals at Bristol Magistrates Court today.

RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson said, “We are pleased this sentence reflects the severity of this offence, and it sends out a clear message that if you are found guilty of causing suffering or neglect to an animal, you can face prison.

“Poor Roxy would have suffered terribly in her last few days, no animal deserves to die that way. It was extremely upsetting for everyone involved.”

The two offences, brought under the Animal Welfare Act, took place last August on Campbells Farm Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol.

The RSPCA were called to the address last November after a concerned member of the public saw flies at the window of Ms Gammon’s flat in Bristol.

At the earlier hearing the court heard how Gammon had moved out of the flat ten weeks before, leaving five-year-old Roxy in the kitchen and securing the door shut with ropes.

Vets estimate that Roxy would have taken three to six days to die after being left without adequate provision of food.



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