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Castaic animal spearer sentenced to probation, residential treatment program

Posted: November 22, 2013 3:43 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2013 3:43 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man has been sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a residential treatment program after stabbing his pet cat and dog with a spear last summer, killing both.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, pleaded no contest to two counts of animal cruelty earlier this month. He was sentenced Thursday to “three years of formal probation and was ordered to complete a residential treatment program for a minimum of six months,” District Attorney’s spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales said Friday.

He was also ordered not to own, use, possess or maintain animals, Dávila-Morales said.

Foster also served 66 days in county jail, according to Dávila-Morales.

He was arrested June 19 after deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports that a man had killed his pets in the 32700 block of North Ridge Top Lane in Castaic.

Foster used a broom handle with a knife fastened to it to kill his dog — a Chihuahua mix — and cat, according to sheriff’s deputies.

When deputies arrived at the house, they found the dead dog set on fire in the backyard. They also found the body of a cat that appeared to have been killed with a sharp object inside the house.

Foster pleaded no contest to two charges of animal cruelty Nov. 4.
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