Today In Terribleness: Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend’s Dog And Feeding It To Her

As a human being, this news story repulses me. As a dog owner who thinks of Lucca as my child, it sends a murderous rage pump through my veins. Police say Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro, California, killed his ex-girlfriend’s dog and fed it to her, the last disgusting act in a string of abusive and stalking behavior. I’m just gonna copy and paste The Sacramento Bee’s summation of the crime because I cannot handle typing it in my own words:

According to a written statement by Redding police, a woman reported on Tuesday that she was being stalked by Watenpaugh, whom she had dated for several months. She said he had physically attacked her numerous times, causing bruises and minor cuts, and had held her captive twice. The victim fled her Redding-area apartment after he attacked her during an argument Aug. 4, police said. When she returned, Watenpaugh and her Pomeranian dog, Bear, were gone.

The couple briefly reconciled during the first week of September, when Watenpaugh cooked her a meal with meat, police said. Last Sunday, he sent her a text message referencing the meal and asking “how her dog tasted,” the police statement said.

The couple separated, but Watenpaugh continued sending her texts describing what he planned to do with the dog’s remains.

Last Tuesday, Watenpaugh came to the woman’s house in the middle of the night and placed the dog’s paws on her front doorstep. He was arrested on charges of domestic violence, animal cruelty, false imprisonment and stalking, though he now denies that he actually killed and fed her the dog. I don’t know what to say other than DIAF INHUMAN SCUM. [The Sacramento Bee]