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Castaic man accused of spearing family pets charged with felony cruelty to animals

Posted: July 19, 2013 3:23 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2013 3:23 p.m.

A Castaic man accused of spearing his family’s dog and cat last month has been charged with two felony counts of cruelty to an animal, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Friday.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Friday where he was officially charged, said Jane Robison.

Foster was arrested June 19 after deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports that a man in Castaic had killed his pets in the 32700 block of North Ridge Top Lane, Lt. John Rush of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said at the time.

Foster allegedly made a spear out of a broom handle with a knife fastened to it, then killed his dog and cat, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Shortly after deputies arrived at the house they found a dead dog in the backyard that had been set on fire, Deputy Josh Dubin said at the time. Inside the house they found the body of a cat that had been killed with a sharp object.

Foster was led away from the house in handcuffs, and then put into custody with bail set at $20,000.

Four days after his arrest, the West Ranch High School graduate posted bail.

Foster is now scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charges against him Sept. 18 at which time prosecutors are expected to ask that his bail be set at $60,000, Robison said.
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