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Case ID: 17878
Classification: Bestiality, Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation, Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Prosecutor(s): Nicole Jergovic
Judge(s): Christopher Marshall

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Friday, Jan 7, 2011

County: Multnomah

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Dismissed (Conditional)

Person of Interest: Gene David Fosdick, Jr.

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A maintenance worker at Cascadian Terrace Apartments couldn't understand where a roll of paper towels he had placed in a common area had gone to so he checked the complex's video surveillance images.

He was horrified by what he saw.

A resident repeatedly hitting, slapping, whipping, choking and sexually abusing a little dog.

And, the activity went on for awhile, police and prosecutors said.

The worker turned the video images over to Multnomah County Sheriff's Detective Ken Yohe, which led to the arrest of resident Gene David Fosdick Jr.

Fosdick, 38, was arraigned Tuesday morning on a two-count indictment charging him with first-degree aggravated animal abuse and sexual assault of an animal.

The Chihuahua belonged to Fosdick and was named Peanut.

Fosdick pleaded not guilty to each of the charges. He told police he was rubbing and scratching the dog because it had fleas, the affidavit says.

The incident occurred on the evening of Jan. 7 in a common room inside the apartment complex in the 5700 block of North Kerby Avenue.

The dog is now in foster care in Multnomah County, according to Nicole Jergovic, a deputy district attorney.

Court records show Fosdick is unemployed and taking anti-depressants for depression. He has prior drug convictions.

A grand jury indicted him on Jan. 31. The court has ordered him to have no contact with animals as the case is pending.

Case Updates

A 38-year-old man who slapped and excessively rubbed the genital area of his Chihuahua in the middle of the night in a common room of his North Portland apartment complex pleaded no contest to animal neglect and must undergo a drug evaluation and possible treatment.

Gene David Fosdick Jr. also must attend a class specially designed for him by the Oregon Humane Society on how to care for his dog, Peanut. Authorities plan to eventually return the dog to Fosdick.

A maintenance worker spotted Gene David Fosdick Jr. and the dog on surveillance video at the North Kerby Avenue apartment complex on Jan. 7. Fosdick told Multnomah County Sheriff's Detective Ken Yohe that he was high on cocaine at the time.

Over the course of an hour, the video shows Fosdick rinsing the dog off in a sink, drying it with paper towels, then excessively rubbing the dog's genitals and slapping it and shaking it in a rough manner.

Deputy district attorney Nicole Jergovic described Fosdick's behavior as odd and concerning, but said Fosdick wasn't aggressively beating the dog. She believes his behavior was driven by his cocaine use. Fosdick told the detective that he loves his dog, and that he wasn't trying to hurt it.

He was charged with first-degree aggravated animal abuse and sexual assault of an animal. Today, he was charged with a third count, animal neglect. Wearing a jean jacket, black pants and white athletic shoes, he stood with his hands clasped before the judge and pleaded no contest to animal neglect.

Circuit Judge Christopher Marshall ordered Fosdick to return to court in one year. If he follows all laws and completes the drug evaluation, goes to drug treatment if directed and attends the Humane Society class, the judge will dismiss the animal-neglect charge against him. And the prosecutor's office also won't pursue any other charges against him.

Fosdick has previously been convicted of drug possession. At the time of his arrest, he was unemployed and taking medication for depression.
Source: - May 12, 2011
Update posted on May 13, 2011 - 8:39AM 


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