Man steals, cooks ex-girlfriend’s dog, feeds it to her

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It was supposed to be a reconciliation dinner for the troubled couple, but he decided to serve revenge instead.

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Ryan Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro, California, was arrested on Sept 11 and charged with counts of domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking and cruelty to animals, according to records from the Shasta County Jail.

Watenpaugh’s ex-girlfriend, who is not named by authorities, called Redding Police Department on Sept 9 and reported being stalked by Watenpaugh, says the police. Redding is roughly 257km northwest of Sacramento.

The ex-girlfriend told law enforcement officials that her relationship with Watenpaugh was punctuated by bouts of domestic violence, but the two attempted to reconcile their problems last week over a meal that he cooked.

Following the meal, which contained meat, Watenpaugh sent her text messages asking how her dog tasted, says police. A few days later, he left a bag on her porch that contained two dog paws.

The victim’s dog, a Pomeranian named Bear, had been missing since August after she fled the apartment to escape one of Watenpaugh’s assaults, says police. During the police interview with Watenpaugh, he admitted to menacing her and leaving the paws on her porch, but denied killing or cooking the animal.

While executing a search warrant on his house, authorities found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high capacity magazines. Watenpaugh is being held in the Shasta County Jail on US$250,000 bail, according to jail records. It was not clear if he had an attorney. – Reuters

Credit: The Star