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UPDATE: Castaic Man arrested for allegedly spearing his dog and cat

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Posted: June 20, 2013 8:34 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 7:16 p.m.

This photo provided by the SCV Sheriff's Department shows the suspect Jared Andrew Foster, of Castaic.

A 23-year-old Castaic man who fashioned a spear out of a broomstick and knife killed his family’s dog and cat with the weapon, then lit the dog’s body on fire, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Jared Andrew Foster was in custody on felony counts of cruelty to animals. He was scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to reports that a man in Castaic had killed his pets in the 32700 block of North Ridge Top Lane, said Lt. John Rush.

“He made a spear out of a broom handle with a knife fastened to it,” Rush said. “He killed his dog and he killed his cat.”

“The caller was the suspect’s brother who had returned home and found a dead animal in the backyard and saw a large amount of blood inside of the home,” Deputy Josh Dubin said in a news release on the case.

Concerned that his brother was “acting irrationally and aggressive,” Jared Foster’s brother left the house and called the Sheriff’s Station, Dubin said.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a dead dog in the backyard that had been set on fire, he said. Inside the house they found the body of a cat that had been killed with a sharp object.

Both animals were the family pets.

The suspect, who was led from the home in handcuffs, lived at the home with his parents and his adult brother. The suspect’s parents were out of town during the incident.

On Thursday, a helium-filled birthday balloon remained tied to the home’s front porch railing, but no one answered the door.

A neighbor told The Signal he had thought the Sheriff’s Department response to the home on Wednesday night was due to a dispute between the brothers. “We’ve heard them arguing,” he said.

Jared Foster was identified by neighbors as the elder of two brothers at the home, a graduate of West Ranch High School.

Another neighbor said the Fosters moved to the house on Ridge Top Lane in 2004 and the Chihuahua mix had come with them. It “runs around the house at times,” he said, describing it as a friendly dog that has approached him on walks.

The only time county animal control officers were called to the Foster house was for a report of a snake in the yard in 2010, said Evelina Villa, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.
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