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Arraignment put off again in felony animal cruelty case

Man was arrested June 19 in spearing of family dog, cat

Posted: September 30, 2013 6:24 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2013 6:24 p.m.

A Castaic man accused of spearing his pet dog and cat four months ago has yet to be arraigned on the felony charges against him, despite his failure to appear in court as promised and his recent arrest, according to court officials and court documents.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, who was scheduled in July to be arraigned on felony animal cruelty charges, had his arraignment postponed another month when he appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday.

Foster is now expected to arraigned Oct. 25.

In July, he was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to an animal and scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 18, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said at the time.

But when he failed to show up in court, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The day he failed to appear in court, a family member notified Amtrak police as to his whereabouts, said Graham Vernae, a media relations official with Amtrak’s office in Oakland.

“He was arrested in the (Amtrak) station for an outstanding warrant after a family member alerted Amtrak police,” he told The Signal.

At 9:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Amtrak Police arrested Foster and he was placed him in custody at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles, where he remains with bail set at $60,000.

Foster was arrested June 19 after he allegedly made a spear out of a broom handle with a knife fastened to it, then killed the family dog — a Chihuahua mix — and cat, according to sheriff’s deputies.


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