Man Allegedly Cooked Ex's Dog, Served It to Her as Meal

He is arrested on animal cruelty charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2014 8:55 AM CDT
Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh   (Redding (Calif.) Police Department)

(Newser) – In one of the more demented breakup stories in a while, a man in Redding, Calif., is accused of killing, cooking, and serving his ex-girlfriend's dog to her and then telling her about it after the fact, reports the Sacramento Bee. Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh denies cooking the dog but admits leaving its paws on the woman's porch in a small bag. The 34-year-old faces charges including domestic violence, stalking, and animal cruelty. The woman told police that they dated for several months, and that he beat her and held her against her will at various times.

She says she fled her own apartment last month during an argument, and returned to find her Pomeranian missing, reports KXTV. When the couple reconciled briefly early this month, Watenpaugh cooked her a meal with meat. The woman says she got a text from him later asking how her dog tasted, and she saw him drop off the paws on her porch this week. Watenpaugh, who admits sending the taunting text, is jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail. (Read more animal cruelty stories.)

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