*Yep. I know. After reading the title, you couldn’t help but read the story. Which grossed you out; then mad you sad, before you got really freakin’ mad! Relationships end, yes. We get that. And some not as well as others. Er get that, too. But few of us will get this: a man in northern California reacted very badly to the ending of a relationship with his girlfriend. And as of Friday he is in police custody after he allegedly stole her pet dog, cooked it and fed it to her, police said.
Please, don’t shoot the messenger, OK?
Ryan Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro was taken to jail last Thursday and charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking and cruelty to animals, according to records from the Shasta County Jail.
His ex-girlfriend, who has not given her name publicly, called the Redding Police Department on Tuesday and reported being stalked by Watenpaugh, according to a police statement.
She told law enforcement officials that their rocky relationship had bouts of domestic violence, but they had attempted to reconcile their problems last week over a meal that he cooked.
After the meal dude started sending her these weird text messages; asking how her dog tasted, police said. This, before leaving a bag on her porch that had two dog paws inside!
The victim’s dog, a Pomeranian named Bear, had been missing since August after she ran from the apartment to escape one of Watenpaugh’s beatings, police said.
When the police interviewed Watenpaugh he admitted to harassing his ex and even to leaving the paws on her porch, but he had the nerve to deny killing or cooking the animal.
How in the hell did you get the paws, man?
The police found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high capacity magazines while searching the man’s house. He is now being held in the Shasta County Jail on $250,000 bail, according to jail records. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
Redding is roughly 160 miles northwest of Sacramento.