MARION COUNTY, Ore. (KMTR) -- Late Monday afternoon, Marion County deputies rescued a 9-pound Chihuahua-Pinscher dog that had been subjected to cruelty and abuse at the hands of his temporary caretaker.
The father of the abuser first called Deputies Derek Ramseyer and Tom Barber on Friday afternoon. They learned on Friday, Dr. Keri Sanders, veterinarian at the Arc Animal Care in Mill City had treated 'Kudo', a six-year-old dog. Kudo was treated for multiple injuries and burns following an incident at the dog's home in Lyons.
Their investigation revealed that Kudo had been left in the care of Kevin Dean Parrish, 20, of Lyons. The dog belongs to Parrish's grandmother who was out of state. Parrish and his brother live at the house with their grandmother on North Fork Road.
Parrish admitted to deputies that he had anger issues and that he'd lost his temper while dealing with the dog. He said on Friday he was preparing lunch at his grandmother's house. He had pre-heated the oven to cook some enchiladas, but momentarily stopped fixing lunch to check on the dog. As he reached into the dog's kennel, it tried to nip him. Parrish said he lost control, grabbed the dog and started punching it in the head with his fist. He also admitted trying to strangle the dog.
Parrish said he then remembered that he'd pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees to cook his lunch. Because he was still mad at the dog, he decided to put the dog in the oven. Parrish said he was prepared to leave him there, but he suddenly heard his brother coming into the house.
As Parrish removed the dog from the oven his brother confronted him. The brother and father then took the dog to the veterinarian for treatment.
Deputies learned that the dog suffered from cuts and bruises to his head, his body hair was singed and three of his legs were badly burned from contact with the oven rack. The dog had difficulty standing because of its injuries.
Today, the 5'11", 192-pound man was arrested and booked at the Marion County Jail on one count of Aggravated Abuse 1, a class C felony. His bail is set at $10,000 and he will appear in court on Tuesday at 3:00 PM. Parrish has no prior criminal record.
Kudo will remain in the care of Parrish's father and will continue treatment at the vet clinic.