Ryan Watenpaugh of Palo Cedro, California has been arrested on charges of stalking and animal cruelty after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s Pomeranian dog and feeding him to her.
USA Today reports the ex-girlfriend of 34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh told Redding, California police Watenpaugh assaulted her and took her dog—a Pomeranian named Bear—in August after a fight. The couple reportedly got back together briefly in early September, at which point Watenpaugh cooked his ex a meal.
But here’s where things got ugly.
According to NBC News, the next day ‘the victim received a text message from Ryan Watenpaugh asking how her dog tasted, and referenced the meal he had cooked for her.’ She then found a pair of severed dog’s paws on her doorstep. Police are now reportedly testing the remains.
Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle would respond by saying dogs are innocent, ‘all they want is affection and love’
Adding: ‘For someone to take advantage of that innocence is obviously sad and depressing.’
A subsequent search of Ryan Watenpaugh’s home would lead to cops finding an AK-47 assault rifle and multiple high-capacity magazines.
Watenpaugh, who admits to leaving the severed paws but denies killing and cooking Bear, is being held on a $250,000 bail. He would later tell he had left the paws on his former girlfriend’s porch as a joke.
[ above image via Redding Police Dept.]