A Van Nuys man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he attempted to drown the family dog for soiling the carpet.
On Monday, October 1, 2007, around 2:00 p.m., Casey Purser, 19, returned to his house in the 15300 block of Weddington Street. In the home were two dogs, a Shih Tzu named “Toby” and a Pitbull puppy named “Evesue”. The suspect became irate with the Shih Tzu when it defecated in the house. Purser threw the dog in the bathtub and tried to drown it.
A neighbor witnessed the crime and was able to rescue Toby from the bathtub. The dog was unconscious and had stopped breathing when pulled from the water. The neighbor performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, saving the dog’s life, and rushed him to a local veterinary hospital. The veterinary hospital resuscitated Toby with oxygen and was able to stabilize his condition.
“I grabbed the dog, and I started rubbing him and breathing into his mouth,” said a teary-eyed Ashley Chase at a Thursday news conference. “There was too much traffic. At one point I jumped out of the car and ran the rest of the way.”
The pug-nosed and long-haired pooch was at a recent news conference, appearing healthy as Chase.
Van Nuys patrol officers responded to the veterinary hospital and arrested Purser when he arrived to pay the vet bill. The dog was placed in the care of the police animal cruelty unit. Evesue, the pit bull puppy, was also removed from the home.
Purser was freed from jail Tuesday on $45,000 bail and is due in Van Nuys Superior Court on October 23 for arraignment. Prosecutors are asking that his bail be increased to $100,000.
The Animal Cruelty Task Force is made up of Los Angeles Police Officers and Detectives, Animal Service Officers from the Department of Animal Services and Deputy City Attorney’s from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.