Man accused of stalking girlfriend, killing her dog, then feeding it her….is out of jail, free on Bail!!

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According to Wednesday’s KRCR TV News, a Redding, California, man who is accused of attacking his girlfriend, killing her dog and then feeding the dog to the woman, is free on bail.

Last week, 34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh was arrested on multiple charges, including stalking, animal cruelty, domestic violence…this Wednesday, after posting bail, he was freed from jail. Watenpaugh allegedly stalked his girlfriend and killed her small Pomeranian, “Bear,” and then cooked and served the dog’s meat to his unwitting, now “ex” girlfriend.


The disturbing incident allegedly took place during a brief reconciliation in September – after the alleged meal, Watenpaugh sent a text message to the woman asking her how her dog tasted. Later, he came to her house and left a bag on her front porch which contained the dog’s paws.

Watenpaugh has been ordered to stay away from his estranged girlfriend; he is scheduled to be back in court on September 23.

Prior story about this situation here. Sept 12th 2014

A Shasta County, California, man is accused of a shocking, almost unbelievable act of cruelty which has resulted in his arrest and a charge of animal cruelty and stalking, reported Friday’s ABC News 7. On Thursday, authorities arrested 34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh who has been accused of killing a small dog and feeding the dog’s meat to his girlfriend.

Watenpaugh’s former girlfriend claims that she was assaulted by Watenpaugh on August 4 – though she managed to escape from her Redding home, her dog, a Pomeranian named “Bear,” was left behind and was missing by the time that she came back home.

According to the Merced Sun Star, the couple briefly reconciled in September and Watenpaugh cooked a meal for his girlfriend – this past weekend, he allegedly sent her a text and asked “how her dog tasted.” A few days later, the woman heard a vehicle outside of her home and she claims to have spotted Watenpaugh walking to her door carrying something; she later found a bag with her dog’s paws inside.

Police arrested and charged Watenpaugh for stalking, animal cruelty, domestic violence and false imprisonment; he is being held in jail on $250,000 bond. Further weapons charges may be forth-coming after authorities found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines at Watenpaugh’s home.

Watenpaugh has denied that he cooked the dog and served the meat to his estranged girlfriend, but he has not denied leaving the dog paws at her home, or the disturbing text messages

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Father And Son Jailed In Dog Cruelty Case

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TROY — Officers, responding to a domestic disturbance late Wednesday, found a dog so emaciated its hip bones were protruding through its skin, police said.

The dog had to be euthanized and a father and son who live at 16 Park Ave. faced multiple charges Thursday morning in City Court, Capt. John Cooney said. “Lets hope those charges mean that poor dog didn’t suffer & die for nothing…these people need a good slap & learn that animal abuse is a crime & won’t be tolerated…nice looking pair aren’t they…not faces you will forget in a hurry I hope??”

John Ferrara Jr., 26, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Troy after police accused him of animal cruelty and resisting arrest. (Troy police)

According to police reports, when patrol-men answered a report of a disturbance at the home at 11:50 p.m., they saw a German shepherd dog lying in the middle of the living room floor and unable to walk. Sam Gallo at the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic said the animal was emaciated, anaemic  had penetrating ulcers on its body, and that both of the animal’s rear hip bones were penetrating its skin and visible.

Police said that as officers investigated they discovered John Ferrara Jr., 26, and John Ferrara Sr., 59, who live at the home, were intoxicated. They became uncooperative when officers asked to search the residence to determine if there were other neglected animals or people in harm’s way, police said.

John Ferrara Sr., 59, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Troy after police accused him of animal cruelty and resisting arrest. (Troy police)

The two suspects then resisted arrest and wrestled with officers, police said. They were both charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and cruelty to animals. Ferrara Sr. faces an additional charge of harassment, police said.

Both were arraigned Thursday in City Court. John Ferrara Sr. was sent to the Rensselaer County Jail on $5,000 bail and his son on $2,500 bail.

Ferrara Jr. was treated at Samaritan Hospital for injuries he received during the struggle with police.

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White Watch: Man Guilty Of Sex With Miniature Horse And Rape, Gets 3 Years In Jail

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“WTF…how can anyone be charged with 15 years yet only do 3 when that person has admitted to the heinous offenses? Why did the judge dismiss animal abuse & domestic violence when he admitted to doing it; the women he raped has to live with that all her life! What is it with these plea deals & bargains, just who do they help? certainly not the victims.”

“This man will be out of prison soon, do you think he will be a changed man? I fear not! I think there has to be Animal Abuse Registry’s set up in every state & town, interlinked so people like this can’t get their hands on animals. I also think that bestiality, sodomy, zoophilia should be incorporated into Brommels 5 Freedoms to further protect animals & help gain tougher charges; they have such little protection as it is.”

White Man Guilty Of Sex With Miniature Horse And Rape, Gets 3 Years In JailJust 3 years….

A Wilmer, Ala. man admitted to raping a woman and sexually abusing a miniature horse  on Tuesday in a plea deal that will allow his release in less than two years. reports that Eric Steven Easley  was sentenced to three years in prison, but he’s already spent 14 months in jail, meaning with time served, he’ll be out in 22 months. He was technically sentenced to 15 years, but the deal stipulated that all but three of those be suspended.

The site notes that neither Easley, the prosecuting attorney nor judge Joseph “Rusty” Johnston seemed fully satisfied with the plea deal, which the prosecution claimed it offered because there were “legal issues” surrounding Easley’s rape victim.

Easley was arrested  in July 2011 after a woman said he broke into her home, raped her and held her for several hours against her will, according to a previous story by

In 2010, deputies in Mobile, Ala. said they found evidence that a miniature horse’s tail had been tied to a post and the horse had been sexually abusedaccording to the Weekly Vice.

Deputies found a wallet with Easley’s driver’s license and Social Security card at the scene.

Judge Johnston dismissed animal cruelty and domestic violence charges as part of the plea deal, but Easley admitted to the charges of rape and killing or disabling livestock

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Man charged with beating girlfriend and killing her dog

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“See, look…those same empty dark cold eye’s, devoid of normal rational behaviour & feelings!”

A Cleveland, Tenn., man is in jail after law enforcement officials say he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and killed her pet dog.

Justin Johnson, 26, 230 Outlet Road, Cleveland, Tenn., was charged Wednesday by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with battery (family violence, first offence) and aggravated cruelty to animals. He remained in the Whitfield County jail without bond as of Thursday afternoon.

Justin Johnson

According to an incident report, Johnson’s live-in girlfriend, Crystal Coffman, told police she had asked Johnson to “move some items off their bed when he became irate and began striking her on the head with his fists.”

The incident report stated Coffman had swollen eyes, a cut and crooked nose, and a disfigured finger. Coffman was crying and holding a small, black dog that “she stated Mr. Johnson had killed during his assault on her,” according to the incident report.

Coffman’s mother, Kimberly Barb, said Thursday her daughter didn’t feel like talking to a reporter but was home from the hospital and beginning to heal. Barb said the violence began after Coffman questioned Johnson when she was told he had beat up her stepfather he had been living with. Coffman and Johnson had recently moved to a residence on Cleveland Highway in Cohutta.

Barb said the family took Johnson in about three months ago and were allowing him to live with her, her husband and her daughter because he had no place to go. She said when her husband began to question him about not keeping his room clean he turned violent.

Watch who you deal with,” Barb said. “I know you want to help somebody, but be wary… I really liked him at first. I had no idea he was like this.”

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Alleged dog shooter facing felony charge

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ROGUE RIVERA Gold Hill man faces a felony animal abuse charge after allegedly shooting his bulldog in the mouth with a rifle and then leaving the animal tied outside a veterinary clinic.

Jayson Wayne King, 27, gave Rogue River police and his girlfriend inconsistent stories about what led him to shoot the dog on June 14, police said.

King said the dog attacked some pet goats on his property in the 3000 block of Galls Creek Road in Gold Hill, said police Chief Ken Lewis. King said he shot the dog from 30 yards away with a .243-caliber rifle to protect the goats, Lewis said.

The bullet entered the dog’s mouth and burst out the bottom of its jaw, said Lewis, who isn’t buying King’s story.

“If you think about it, the dog would have to have its mouth open at the time the shot was fired,” Lewis said. “And then the bullet would have to enter at an angle suggesting the shooter was above the target.”

Lewis said he believes King placed the barrel directly into the dog’s mouth and fired.

“You can shoot a dog in self-defense or if you are protecting livestock,” Lewis said. “I don’t think that’s the case here.”

Champ, as the dog has been named by staff caring for him at the Sanctuary One animal shelter in the Applegate, shows no signs that he will suffer long-term effects from the bullet.

Champ initially was taken to Best Friends Animal Hospital in Talent for emergency surgery. Based on clinic X-rays, the shot most likely was “execution style” from close range, Lewis said. The bullet fractured the jawbone in two places, forcing the surgeon to wire it together.

King was interviewed inside the Jackson County Jail, where he was lodged Wednesday on an unrelated domestic violence charge, Lewis said.

Lewis said his department will recommend additional charges of aggravated animal abuse, a felony, attempted aggravated animal abuse and animal abandonment.

King’s girlfriend was cited for animal abandonment. Lewis believes she was aware the dog was left outside the clinic.

“It’s illegal to drop a dog off at a location and leave, even if it is a veterinary office,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the girlfriend was not home when King reportedly shot the dog.

Champ continues to recover at Sanctuary One, where he is receiving obedience training and is socializing with other dogs. Once he’s properly trained, he may be able to be adopted.

Inquiries about the possibility of adopting Champ can be made by calling Sanctuary One at 541-899-8627 or

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Charges: Man killed cat over frustration with grades

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WEST JORDAN — A man who investigators say took out his frustrations over bad school grades on his cat, killing the animal, was arrested Sunday and booked into jail.

Daniel Arakaki, 19, is charged in 3rd District Court with torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony.

In November 2011, Arakaki called 911 “and reported that he had killed his cat and needed police to come and remove it,” the charges state. The responding officer said Arakaki told him that he was “upset over his poor grades and had been abusing his cat by punching it in the back and neck until it died.”

Arakaki was charged in January and an arrest warrant issued. Officers didn’t pick him up, however, until Sunday. There was no immediate explanation Tuesday why it took so long to arrest him.

On Friday, Arakaki was also charged with misdemeanor assault for a case out of West Jordan. The incident happened on July 7 and included domestic violence, according to court records.

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Child abuse – Animal cruelty, charges filed

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TAHLEQUAHCharges have been filed in Cherokee County District Court against a Rose man accused of beating a woman and child with a whip and broom handle and forcing the child to watch as he decapitated a puppy with an ax.

Brandon Keith Hubbard, 29, faces felony counts of child abuse by injury and cruelty to animals, and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and battery in the presence of children.

Child abuse by injury is punishable by up to life in prison and a fine of $500 to $5,000, while cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to five years in prison.

Domestic assault and battery in the presence of minors is punishable by six months to a year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000

“This sicko definitely poses a risk to both humans & animals & should be thrown in jail for life, with no parole!”

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Pet abuse in violent homes probed

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A dog decapitated in front of children, a litter of kittens hurled against a wall and a cat held in the air while its legs were broken one by one are Christchurch examples of the link between pet abuse and family violence.

Women’s refuge centres across the city compiled examples of the correlation between animal cruelty and family violence after a study released last month that investigated the issue in New Zealandfor the first time.

The Pets as Pawns study was a Women’s Refuge-SPCA project that showed violence towards animals was often used as a way for abusive men to maintain control over their families.

Dr Michael Roguski surveyed more than 200 Women’s Refuge clients and found 54 per cent said a family member or partner had threatened to kill their pets.

One-third of respondents had a pet injured or killed during a relationship, and much of the abuse was witnessed by children.

Christchurch was not included in the survey because Roguski did not want to overburden the city’s swamped refuge centres after the earthquakes.

He had no doubt the same violence occurred in Christchurch, and the city’s refuge centres have confirmed his belief.

Christchurch Women’s Refuge spokeswoman Julie McCloy said 70 per cent of clients in rural Canterbury feared for their pets, and 30 per cent held the same concerns in the city.

All of the case workers had clients reluctant to leave violent relationships because they feared their pets would be killed if left to the mercy of their partner.

Abusing animals is another form of power and control that is used to manipulate women and torture them,” McCloy said.

“We are aware of women and children staying in unsafe situations because they wanted to look after their animals.”

Christchurch West Women’s Refuge found 25 per cent of one worker’s caseload included concerns over animal abuse or mistreatment.

The centre was aware of a dog that had been decapitated, a cat that had its legs broken and pets that had suffered cigarette burns and punches to the head, a spokeswoman said. “The animal takes the brunt of the physical abuse because it is used to intimidate or evoke fear. It’s all about letting the woman know that’s going to happen to her if she leaves or does something he dislikes.”

The Battered Women’s Trust had seen the same abuse.

In a fit of rage, one woman’s partner went after a litter of kittens. Another client’s partner would hunt down the dog and kick it when he was angry.

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Animal abuse linked to domestic violence

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A groundbreaking study has shed new light on why many women suffering domestic violence are scared to leave their partners.

The research shows one in three women delay leaving violent relationships because they’re scared their animals will be killed or tortured.

Women's Refuge is glad the issue has been highlighted

Half witnessed animal cruelty, and children are often exposed to the acts.

Women’s Refuge CEO Heather Henare, is glad the issue has been highlighted.

“I hope that it does shock people,” she says.

“I hope that it does make people more aware of why women delay leaving abusive relationships and reinforces the concern that we have over the power and control that men assert in order to keep women in violent relationships.”

The study also suggests a funding programme should be developed to support animals in temporary accommodation and vet expenses.

The study interviewed 203 women from 21 women’s refuges, and is thought to be the first study linking animal abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand.

A 70-year-old women spoke of how her husband chopped her budgie’s head off, telling her, “This is what I can do to you.”

And a 20-year-old said her partner abused their cat, essentially saying, “This is what I will do to you if you don’t toe the line.”
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Proposed Animal Abuse Registry |

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“To cut down on animal abuse every State & City should an Animal Abuse Registry.  In fact I find it hard to believe they don’t already exist.”  

“Statistics on animal abuse show a sharp correlation between animal abuse & other crimes, including rape, robbery, murder, sexual homicide, domestic abuse and more. Studies show 100% of sexual homicide perpetrators  (like Jeffrey Dahmer) started by abusing animals.”

“Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animal abuse. “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” wrote humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. And according to Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the FBI, “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.”  

 “Thus, we all need to get behind toughening laws for animal abuse & keeping a record of abusers is a great place to start!”
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