A violent thug who beat a puppy to death with a slipper because she defecated indoors has been jailed for less than six months.

Callum Gerken subjected Shadow, a 17-week-old black labrador to a brutal beating, after which she suffered a laceration to his liver, broken jaw and fractured ribs.

A court heard the 27-year-old became angry when the dog started defecating inside and tore items in a house in Cowley, Oxford.

So he battered the pup with the slipper and refused to get medical help when she was struggling to breathe.

And Gerken sent a furious voice message over Whatsapp to the puppy's owner, in which he said the puppy had "s**t" everywhere. 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****** walk."

The thug was sentenced on Friday at Oxford Magistrates' Court to 23 weeks in jail after admitting one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one count of sending malicious communications.

But Shadow's young owner slammed the sentence. She told Oxford Mail : "I couldn't believe he only got 23 weeks.

"Two years would have been more appropriate.

"We are all devastated. We couldn't tell the kids how she died as they would be too heartbroken."

The woman continued: "I was there when she was born and I watched her grown 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.

"We don't feel justice has been done at all."

Thames Valley Police said Gerken carried out both offences on April 3 and was charged the next day.

Gerken, of Wood Farm, Oxford, had previously denied the charges but had a last-minute change of heart and admitted the offences on Friday.

In addition to the jail term, the scaffolder was ordered to pay £250 compensation and £1,000 in court costs. He was also banned from keeping dogs for a period of 10 years.

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