Police: Man Intentionally Drowns Dog at Fairfield Civic Center Pond

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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.

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  • MMFP

    Better lock this guy away for a few decades or Fairfield's going to have a serial killer roaming the streets. If this guy was my son I'd send him to the looniest nut house west of the Mississippi.

  • hugabr

    Why didn't anyone try to stop him from drowning this poor dog instead of just watching him and making phone calls to the police?

  • cindy

    I know the dog. It was the daughter of my dog And it was my moms dog. So horrifying. The man who did this is a danger to society And should be put away forever. He has repeatedly tried killig himself And now killed an innocent animal that was sweeter than many. Rest in peace baby girl kya! I love you And miss uou. We all do your family.