Sep 16, 2014 7:19 PM by News Staff
A Palo Cedro man accused of killing his girlfriend's dog and then feeding her part of the remains appeared in court today.
34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence, stalking, animal cruelty, and imprisonment.
According to Redding Police investigators, Watenpaugh sent gruesome, detailed messages to his then-girlfriend, causing her to believe he was responsible for her dog's disappearance.
Sergeant Todd Cogle saids the couple was involved in an argument back on August 4th, which prompted Watenpaugh's girlfriend to leave his home -- when she later returned -- Watenpaugh and her dog "Bear" were missing.
The couple reconciled after a short period of time and Watenpaugh tried to make things right again by cooking for his girlfriend, but it's what he said he cooked that she found extremely disturbing.
Watenpaugh reportedly asked the vicitm "how Bear" tasted"...obviously referencing the meal he prepared for her."
Watenpaugh is currently being held in jail on $250,000 and will be in court again on September 23 for a preliminary hearing.