Marion County deputies on Monday afternoon rescued a 9-pound, 6-year-old Chihuahua-pincher dog that had been subjected to cruelty and abuse at the hands of his temporary caretaker, according to the sheriff's office.
The caretaker had beaten the dog and also placed it in a heated oven, said Don Thomson, sheriff's public information officer, who provided this account:
The father of the abuser called Deputies Derek Ramseyer and Tom Barber on Friday afternoon. They learned that the same day, Keri Sanders, veterinarian at Arc Animal Care in Mill City, had treated the dog, Kudo.
Kudo was given care for multiple injuries and burns following in 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 preheated the oven to cook some enchiladas and 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 preheated 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.
Parrish was arrested Monday 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. He appeared in court Tuesday.
Parrish's brother and father took the animal to a veterinarian.
"As far as I know, he should make a full recovery," said Dr. Keri Sanders, who treated Kudo.