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Trainee Lawyer Jailed Over Dog's Death
A trainee solicitor has been jailed for 18 weeks after being convicted of locking her pet dog in a kitchen and leaving it to die.
Katy Gammon, 27, abandoned five-year-old boxer Roxy without food or water when she left her home in Bristol.
The dog's remains were not found for 10 weeks, until neighbours reported a large amount of flies around the property.
RSPCA inspectors were forced to remove Roxy's remains from the kitchen floor with a snow shovel.
The dog suffered a "prolonged and painful" death over a six-day period, a post-mortem examination found.
Bristol Magistrates' Court was told that the dog had shredded part of the kitchen door in an attempt to escape and emptied mops and buckets from cupboards to find water.
Shockingly, Gammon had piled tins of dog food and dog treats outside the kitchen - just feet away from where Roxy was locked inside.
Gammon later admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and failing to prevent causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Dressed in a black suit, she remained emotionless in the dock as she was told her actions were "deliberate".
"This was prolonged neglect of a dog where she was locked in a house and left to die of starvation and dehydration," said Rod Mayall, chair of the bench.
"You have shown limited remorse. Although you were somewhat depressed, you failed to take up at least two offers of alternative housing for the dog. You failed to act as any normal person would.
"This is the most serious incident of animal cruelty that we have encountered in these courts."
Gammon was also banned from keeping animals for life.
The trainee solicitor, whose career is now at an end, had acquired Roxy while living with her boyfriend, Adam Taylor, in December 2012. The couple separated in April 2013.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Taylor said he had felt "physically sick" after seeing photographs of Roxy's remains in the kitchen.
"Roxy was mistreated by her previous owner. She used to panic if she was left alone and would become distressed," he told the court.
"I don't understand why Katy did this. She had so many friends and family who would have taken Roxy and would have helped her."