A 34-year-old California man was arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog and feeding it to her.
Ryan Watenpaugh, of Shasta County, is now facing stalking and animal cruelty charges. Watenpaugh was arrested during a traffic stop.
Watenpaugh’s girlfriend contacted police and told them she was a victim of domestic violence and stalking by her ex-boyfriend.
She said that she had been physically assaulted numerous times during their several-month relationship, according to police Sgt. Todd Cogle, reports KXTV.
The woman told police Watenpaugh had attacked her in her Redding home. She managed to get away, but when she came home, she found that her Pomeranian, Bear, had disappeared.
According to police, Watenpaugh and his girlfriend reconciled a few weeks later, at which point he cooked her a meal containing meat.
A few days later, she received a text from Watenpaugh asking how her dog tasted. The day after that, he went even further: Watenpaugh allegedly left a bag containing Bear’s paws on the woman's doorstep in the middle of the night.
When officers searched Watenpaugh’s home, they say they found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines.
Cogle said that when detectives questioned the boyfriend about the victim’s missing dog, Watenpaugh denied killing or cooking her dog.
Watenpaugh was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of domestic violence, stalking, false imprisonment and animal cruelty. KRCR reports that officers will seek additional charges for the weapons violations.
His bail was set at $250,000.