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Castaic man pleads no contest to 2 animal cruelty charges

Posted: November 4, 2013 11:24 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 11:24 a.m.

A Castaic man accused of spearing his pet dog and cat pleaded no contest today to two counts of animal cruelty, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Jared Andrew Foster, 23, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Monday and entered the pleas, Shiara Dávila-Morales said.

Foster had pleaded not guilty a week ago. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 21.

“He remains in custody,” Dávila-Morales said. “The details of the settlement are not on the record as of yet.”

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

He 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. Inside the house they found the body of a cat that had been killed with a sharp object.
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