Man Accused of Killing, Cooking Ex-Girlfriend’s Dog

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A California man is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog, then cooking it and feeding parts of the animal to her.

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The woman recently went to police to report her troubled relationship with Ryan Watenpaugh. She explained numerous incidents of domestic violence and being held against her will.

Ryan Watenpaugh Courtesy: Redding Police

Ryan Watenpaugh
Courtesy: Redding Police

Then in late August, after a fight where she left the apartment, she returned to find Watenpaugh and her Pomeranian gone.

During the first week of September, the couple reconciled, and Watenpaugh cooked the woman dinner.

A few days later, he messaged the woman asking her how her dog tasted. He reportedly led the victim to believe the meal he had cooked contained meat from her Pomeranian, and that he had killed and cooked it.

Redding Police say Watenpaugh continued to send the woman menacing text messages, including what he would do with the dog’s remains.

Then earlier this week, the woman says he dropped a bag off at her door and walked away. Inside were two dog paws, which the woman identified as belonging to her dog.

Investigators tracked down Watenpaugh, and questioned him about his ex-girlfriend and her dog. He admitted to sending the messages, and placing the dog paws at her door, but police say he denied killing or cooking her dog.

During a search of his home, officers found an AK-47 assault rifle and multiple high capacity magazines.

Watenpaugh is in jail facing charges including domestic violence, stalking and animal cruelty.

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