As a way to reconcile with his girlfriend, Ryan Watenpaugh, 34, invited her to what seemed a nice home cooked dinner, until it turned out the main dish was her dog.
The woman has called the police in the past claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse and stalking by her ex-boyfriend. She told the police Sgt. Todd Cogle that she has been repeatedly physically abused during their brief relationship.
The dog went missing after the woman was forced to evacuate her home in Redding during an attack by Watenpaugh. The police report states that a few weeks later the couple reconciled at which point the Watenpaugh invited her for dinner serving a dish containing meat. However, it was only later that she found out that it was her beloved pomeranian, Bear, on the plate when Watenpaugh texted his girlfriend asking how her dog tasted. One day later, the woman found the most disturbing thing, a bag with her pet’s paws on her doorstep.
America Now reports:
When officers searched Watenpaugh’s home, they say they found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines.
Cogle said that when detectives questioned the boyfriend about the victim’s missing dog, Watenpaugh denied killing or cooking her dog.
Watenpaugh was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of domestic violence, stalking, false imprisonment and animal cruelty. KRCR reports that officers will seek additional charges for the weapons violations.
His bail was set at $250,000.