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Castaic man accused of spearing family pets arrested after failing to appear in court

Posted: September 19, 2013 4:27 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2013 4:27 p.m.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, of Castaic, stands accused of felony animal cruelty charges.

 

A Castaic man accused of spearing his pet dog and cat is back in jail after he failed to appear in court as promised, court officials said.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, who was scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on felony animal cruelty charges Wednesday, was arrested by Amtrak Police later that same night, according to court officials and a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

“Arraignment for Foster was due to take place in Dept. 130 of LA County Superior Court in San Fernando,” said Shiara Dávila-Morales. “Foster was slated to be arraigned.”

However, when he failed to show up in court as promised, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, a court clerk for the San Fernando Superior Court said.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Foster was arrested by Amtrak Police and placed in custody shortly after 11:15 p.m. at Bauchet Street in Los Angeles.

He is now expected to appear Friday morning in San Fernando Superior Court Friday, to be arraigned on two felony animal cruelty charges.

Foster is expected to be charged with one count of cruelty to an animal, a dog, with a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, namely a frying pan, said Dávila-Morales.

He is also slated to be charged with another count of cruelty to an animal, a cat, with a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, namely an arrow, she said.

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 - a Chihuahua mix - 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 with a promise to appear in court Sept. 18.

His bail is now set at $60,000.

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