Man Who Beat Puppy To Death With Slipper For Pooing Indoors Gets Six Months

by : Francesca Donovan on : 26 May 2019 09:12
shadow's killer gets six months Callum Gerken/Facebook

A man who beat to death a puppy with a slipper after the ill-fated animal defacated inside his home was jailed yesterday.

Callum Gerken was sentenced on Friday to less than six months in jail after beating a 17-week-old black Labrador named Shadow with a slipper.


The pet suffered a laceration to her liver, a broken jaw and fractured ribs in the vicious attack in Oxford last month.

shadow's killer gets six monthsCallum Gerken/Facebook

The court heard yesterday how Gerken, 27, caused the serious injuries to the dog – who belonged to an unnamed woman in her 20s – because Shadow was not house-trained and tore up his belongings, The Sun reports.

Gerken also sent malicious voice messages to Shadow’s owner, saying:


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.

The puppy’s breeder has since spoken out about how they feel the sentence of six months was far too lenient, in an interview with Oxford Mail.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said little Shadow was treasured by two children aged 6 and 8.

The unidentified woman said Shadow was the beloved pet of two children aged 6 and 8, who had only had her for five weeks. She added Shadow ‘didn’t know anything else but love’ before her untimely death.

shadow the puppyOxford Mail

Police were called on April 3 to an address in Oxford and Gerken was arrested on April 4 before being charged the following day.

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.

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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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: News, Animal Cruelty, Dog, puppy


The Sun and 1 other
  1. The Sun

    Thug, 27, who beat puppy to death for pooing indoors jailed for less than six MONTHS leaving grieving owner ‘devastated’

  2. Oxford Mail

    Breeder of Labrador puppy reacts after Oxford man Callum Gerken jailed