09/12/2014 03:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Man Allegedly Cooked Ex-Girlfriend's Dog, Served It To Her

Redding Police Department

A California man is accused of cooking his estranged girlfriend's dog and serving it to her as a meal.

Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, denied roasting the missing Pomeranian when police arrested him on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reports. The Palo Cedro man did, however, admit that he left the dog's severed paws on his former girlfriend's doorstep, authorities said.

The victim told police that she fled Watenpaugh after a Aug. 4 fight in which he allegedly assaulted her, according to the Record Searchlight. When she returned, the suspect and her dog, named Bear, were gone.

About a month later, the couple briefly reconnected.

KRCTV reports:

Police said Watenpaugh reportedly reconciled with the victim last week and cooked her a meal containing meat. On Sunday she received a text message from Watenpaugh asking how her dog tasted.

On Tuesday, Watenpaugh allegedly left a bag containing the Pomeranian's paws on the woman's front porch.

Polce said they found an AK-47 assault rifle and high-capacity magazines during a search of Watenpaugh's home.

Watenpaugh was booked at the Shasta County Jail where his bail is set at $250,000. He is charged with domestic violence, stalking, false imprisonment, and animal cruelty.

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