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Police: Man Intentionally Drowns Dog at Fairfield Civic Center Pond


Cavanah’s booking photo.


A 21-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after people all around Fairfield’s Civic Center complex reported seeing him drown a dog.

The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. Monday, according to a release from Fairfield Police. Dispatchers fielded a few calls from people at City Hall and around the complex that reported seeing a man dunking a dog into the pond and holding it under.

The dog – a female pit bull terrier – was repeatedly pushed under water until it didn’t come back up, police say.

Officers showing up to the scene immediately identified Bryan Cavanah, a man already on probation for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction, as the suspect.

Police say that Cavanah admitted to officers that he had drowned the dog, although he also reportedly said he didn’t know why he did it. The dog is said to belong to his father.

Officers had to go out on a small boat to retrieve the remains of the dog from the pond.

Cavanah now faces felony animal cruelty charges and a violation of probation.