Deputies: Angry man put tiny dog into oven heated to 350 degrees

LYONS, Ore. -- A Lyons man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated animal abuse for allegedly placing a Chihuahua-Pincher dog in a heated oven.

Kevin Dean Parrish, 20, was booked Monday in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $10,000.

Marion County deputies said Parrish was watching the 9-pound dog, Kudo, for his grandmother, who was out of state.

Parrish told deputies he became enraged on Friday after Kudo nipped him, so he grabbed the dog and allegedly started punching him in the head. Deputies said Parrish also admitted to trying to strangle Kudo, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Since he had already pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees to cook some enchiladas, Parrish told investigators he then decided to allegedly put the dog in the oven, deputies said.

"Parrish said he was prepared to leave him there, but he suddenly heard his brother coming into the house," the news release said.

Parrish' brother and father rescued 6-year-old Kudo, taking the dog to a veterinarian. Kudo suffered cuts and bruises, his hair was singed and three of his legs were badly burned, deputies said.

The suspects father notified deputies about the case, and they launched an investigation.

Parrish, who has no criminal record, admitted to deputies that he has anger issues and snapped when dealing with the dog.

Parrish's father is taking care of Kudo and the dog will continue receiving care at the vet clinic.

Last week, three women were arrested after nearly 150 dogs were found neglected at a shelter. Many were emaciated or in ill health. All of those animals are being cared for by the Oregon Humane Society.

In Salem, Democratic Rep. Brad Witt has introduced a bill that would require animal abusers to register with Oregon State Police in the same way sex offenders are now required to register their location.

"Often times, what we see is people who abuse humans got started abusing animals," Witt said. "Certainly it's intolerable to be inflicting that kind of abuse pain and suffering on animals."