Man accused of cooking ex’s dog, feeding it to her

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Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh

REDDING, Calif. – Police arrested a Northern California man after his ex-girlfriend reported that he cooked her dog and fed it to her, according to a police report.

The woman told police in Redding, California she was physically assaulted by her then-boyfriend Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh and left their apartment. She later returned and her Pomeranian “Bear” had disappeared.

The couple had an on-and-off again relationship and had reconciled in early September, police reported. During this time, Watenpaugh cooked her a meal.

According to KRCR, Watenpaugh later texted her, “How’s your dog taste? I thought it was better with BBQ and those Hawaiian buns.”

The 35-year-old man proceeded to leave a small bag by her front door with a note “Burn in hell” and two dog paws, according to police.

Redding police arrested him on Thursday and said he admitted to sending the messages and placing the dog paws at the woman’s residence, but has denied killing or cooking Bear, KRCR reported.

“You know this is extremely strange,” Redding Sgt. Todd Cogle said. “Unusual, something we had never seen before.”

Watenpaugh has been charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking and animal cruelty. He’s being held on $250,000 bail in the Shasta County jail.