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Animal cruelty cases on the rise

The number of reported animal cruelty cases in the South West has risen by 400.

The RSPCA report says dogs are the main victims including a Jack Russell from Newquay found with most of its fur missing. New homes were found for more than 55,000 animals in 2013.

Animal cruelty cases have risen by 400 in the south west in 2013. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Bristol woman due to be sentenced over dog death

Katy Gammon at an earlier hearing Credit: ITV News West Country

A trainee solicitor from Bristol will be sentenced today for leaving her dog to starve to death.

Katy Gammon shut her dog Roxy in her kitchen without food or water, and then moved out of the house. Roxy's body was found ten weeks later by RSPCA inspectors.

Roxy in happier days Credit: Adam Taylor

Dog owner could go to jail

A 27 year old woman is facing prison after admitting leaving her dog to die.

Katy Gammon pleaded guilty to failing to care for her Boxer, Roxy, at Bristol Magistrates Court.

Ms Gammon from Lawrence Weston admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to prevent the causing of unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The court heard she left her dog, at her house for 10 weeks before the body was found by police.

Prosecutors told the court when the RSPCA found the dog it was "so decomposed it had to be scraped off the floor".

She's due to be sentenced on April 9 and could face six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.

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