SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. –
Police say a man allegedly cooked his ex-girlfriend’s dog, fed it to her without her knowing, then revealed what he did through text messages.
Police in Redding, Calif., told KRCR it all started in early August, when Watenpaugh and his then-girlfriend got into an argument. The woman told police Watenpaugh assaulted her in her home on Aug. 4.
She told investigators she fled her apartment. But when she returned, her dog, a Pomeranian named “Bear,” was missing.
In the first week of September, Watenpaugh and the woman reconciled. Watenpaugh cooked her a meal that included meat, police said.
But on Sept. 7, Waterpaugh allegedly sent a series of text messages to the woman revealing what he did, according to investigators. Below are some excerpts from the text messages.
“How’s your dog taste? I thought it was better with BBQ and those Hawaiian buns.”
“I guess u could bury what u didn’t eat.”
“The smile on my face when you read this … priceless.”
The text messages continued until Sept. 9, when Watenpaugh left two severed paws on the woman’s doorstep, police told KRCR. Also with the paws was a note that read, “Burn in hell whore, I hate you so much it hurts. Stay away from me. I want nothing to do with you. F*** you.”
The note was signed with a smiley face, reports KRCR.
Police said they arrested Watenpaugh on Sept. 11 near his home in Palo Cedro, Calif.
According to investigators, Watenpaugh has admitted to sending the messages and placing the dog paws at the woman’s residence. But has denied killing or cooking Bear, police said.
“You know this is extremely strange,” Sgt. Todd Cogle of Redding Police told KRCR. “Unusual, something we had never seen before.”
Watenpaugh was being held under a $250,000 bond on charges of domestic violence, false imprisonment, stalking and animal cruelty.
Investigators said they also seized an AK-47 and high-capacity magazines from Watenpaugh’s home. Police said they will seek additional charges against him for the weapon violations.