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|Judge(s):||T. Van Dyk|
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Friday, Apr 1, 2011County: Clackamas
Defendant/Suspect: Braden Paul Voigt
A Milwaukie man was convicted Thursday of second-degree animal abuse for injuring his girlfriend's dog after it chewed on the woman's tanning goggles.
Braden Paul Voigt, 23, was found not guilty in Clackamas County Circuit Court of neglect and a more serious charge, aggravated animal abuse -- intentionally torturing an animal.
Circuit Judge Douglas T. Van Dyk, who heard the case, sentenced Voigt to 15 days in jail, two years on probation and prohibited him from owning animals for three years.
Van Dyk noted that Voigt admitted to investigators that he had been drinking and had "gone overboard" when disciplining the dog. He found that Voigt acted recklessly and caused the injuries.
Deputies and a veterinarian observed hemorrhaging in the dog's eyes and noted upper-body injuries consistent with strangulation or use of excessive force.
Clackamas County sheriff's deputies who responded April 1, 2011 to an early morning 9-1-1 call at the Lake Crest Apartments near Milwaukie said they found the cowering dog in the bathtub, urine and feces on her fur.
Standing at the door to Voigt's apartment, Dep. Bryan O'Neil said he heard yelling and thumping consistent with the sound of someone hitting a body and a high-pitched guttural screaming. O'Neil said he wasn't certain what he was hearing. "It was like nothing I've ever heard ... more animal than human," testified O'Neil, who briefly considered kicking the door in when there was no one responded to his knocking or statements. ONeil checked the door and found it unlocked. He walked in and found Voigt on a living room couch.
Voigt denied hitting the dog, a 15-pound rat terrier named Lacy. He testified that he used the term "overboard" because he was loudly shouting at the dog.
Voigt, who is 6-foot 2, said the dog had chewed on Heiner's tanning goggles and attacked him, scratching his arm, when he intervened. He also told deputies the dog "should have been put down a long time ago."
Deputies, veterinary clinic employees and other who handled the dog said it was timid but friendly and exhibited no aggressive behavior.
Voigt and his girlfriend, Katelynn Heiner, 21, testified that the dog was in the possession of Heiner's ex-fiancee in Tillamook for a month. Heiner said she retrieved the dog the day before the incident and left it with Voigt for the night. She and Voigt blamed the dog's injuries on the Tillamook man.
- oregonlive.com - Mar 5, 2012
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