Sep 26, 2014 4:52 PM by News Staff
The Palo Cedro man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's dog and then feeding her part of the remains said in a statement issued by his attorney Friday that his case deals heavily with issues regarding fathers' rights and unborn children.
Michael Scheibli, the attorney for 34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh, released a statement Friday saying that Watenpaugh vehemently denies injuring any dog, and says it is Watenpaugh's hope that his case will shed light on the lack of rights of fathers regarding their unborn children.
Here is the full statement released by Scheibi:
"Ryan Watenpaugh would like to make the following statement regarding his arrest and pending case.
Ryan believes that it is inappropriate to try case a in the public and is concerned that the disinformation and single source statements have painted an incorrect view of the facts and circumstances in this matter.
Ryan vehemently denies injuring any dog. Once all the evidence is in, we both believe he will be fully exonerated of these charges.
As for the domestic violence allegation, Ryan and myself believe that when all the evidence is heard he will be exonerated. This case deals heavily with issues regarding fathers' rights and unborn children. A dialogue he hopes will shed some light on the lack of rights of fathers regarding their unborn children."
According to Redding police Watenpaugh sent his ex-girlfriend gruesome, detailed messages causing her to believe he was responsible for her dog's disappearance.
Watenpaugh, who faces 10 felony charges including animal cruelty, is due back in court on October 7 for a preliminary hearing.