A California man, Ryan Watenpaugh, was arrested after killing his ex-girlfriend's
Pomeranian and returning its severed paws in a bag outside her apartment.
Watenpaugh and his ex-girlfriend were having a fight when the Pomeranian,
Bear, fled out the back door of her apartment and when she returned Watenpaugh
and Bear were gone.
Watenpaugh allegedly cooked the Pomeranian and secretly served it to his
ex-girlfriend during dinner. After the meal, Watenpaugh sent her a text
message asking her how her dog tasted and what he planned to do with the
remnants of Bear. The women told the police that she seen Watenpaugh pull
up to her apartment around 1 a.m. and leave the bag containing the dog's
paws outside. Further, she stated that while Watenpaugh and she were dating
that he assaulted her and held her against her will.
Sheriff Deputies and special agents from the State Corrections Department
arrested Watenpaugh during a traffic stop after the incident was reported
to the authorities. Watenpaugh admitted to officials about sending the
text messages to his ex-girlfriend and dropping off the dog's paws
at her home. During the search of Watenpaugh's residence, authorities
found an AK-47 assault rifle and multiple high capacity magazines.
Watenpaugh is charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking
and animal cruelty. Watenpaugh is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.