A 37-year-old man in Lompoc, California, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after his dog, whose muzzle and legs were bound with rubber bands, was discovered inside of a burning home. The Lompoc Police Department issued a release about the disturbing situation which was discovered on June 6 when firefighters responded to a structure fire.
According to the release, Edward Vantassel, owner of the dog named “Pooh,” was outside of the Crown Circle fire when firefighters arrived – Vantassel told the firefighters that his dog was still inside of the building, on the second floor.
The City of Lompoc recounted what was found inside of the residence:
Firefighters located the dog inside of an overturned weighted down box in a room on the second floor of the residence. Firefighters also discovered the dog’s muzzle and rear legs had been bound with rubber bands. Firefighters removed the dog from the residence and cut off the rubber bands. They provided the dog with water and called animal control. “Pooh” was transported to a local veterinarian where he was treated.
Firefighters alerted the police department to the troubling situation and an investigation was instigated. On June 13, an arrest warrant was issued for Pooh’s owner Edward Vantassel. On 6-14-2017 detectives arrested Edward Vantassel outside of the Animal Control building where he was at for a hearing on Pooh.
Vantassel is facing a felony animal cruelty charge – his bail was set at $100,000. Edward Vantassel was transported to the Lompoc Police Department where he was interviewed and booked. He was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
Continue reading: Social media video showing dog being beaten leads to arrests – read the story here
Please SUBSCRIBE to receive more current animal-related news and rescue stories.
Find more animal-related stories, and follow-ups to dogs at risk posts, at this link to the National Animal News Facebook page.
The heartbreaking reason dog only eats half of her food – read the touching story here.
Touching dog reunions you can’t miss – read here.
Nurturing mother cat helps save newborn kittens at shelter – read the heartwarming story here.