California Man Attempts To Drown Dog

toby.jpgA 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.

Source: LAPD web site,

(Thanks Lynn)

14 Responses to “California Man Attempts To Drown Dog”

  1. Anonymous says:

    what is wrong with people?

    Ashley is another example of a true hero…thank God she was there!

  2. shibadiva says:

    This fellow clearly cannot control his anger and has unrealistic expectations.

    Probably more common is the situation where a family gets a dog, then when they realize the responsibility involved, dump it in short order. You only have to look at shelter intake statistics to see the reasons people give. Basically, they seem to be clueless that this is a living being, not a toaster.

  3. Nancy G. says:

    This breaks my heart. What a monster, I hope he does jail time.

  4. Goody 4 Paws says:

    What a worthless piece of flesh this man is. Way to go, Ashley. You are an angel. I gotta say $45,000 bond is great. Where I live he would’ve gotten a slap on the wrist. I’d like to know more about CA law.

  5. nora says:

    yea, this guy of 19 yrs old is obviously dangerous and not a good candidate for any type of pet ownership. That poor little Shih Tzu has needs to go to the bathroom like any other living breathing being and this guy should be held under water in the same way. I hope he does jail time. Ashley, you are a good and kind and brave girl and more of your peers should be just like you.

  6. NH says:

    I hope somebody in jail beats the living crap out of him.

  7. Lynn says:

    What this article doesn’t say was that Purser, age 19, had just come home from from jail on bail in an unrelated drug case and discovered the dog had defecated on the carpet.

    Animal abuse is a felony in CA. I don’t know the details of Purser’s unrelated drug case - whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor. And I don’t know if he has any prior felonies on his records. But if his criminal record turns up two other felonies [though in light of his age it probably won’t], this guy is going to be put away for a long time.

    One of the best things CA ever did was pass the “three strikes and you’re out” law back in 1994. Say what you will about prisons being overcrowded, this is a smart law. Three convicted felonies and you automatically go to prision for 25 years to life.

    There are three angels in Toby’s case: the two girls that saved him and got him to the vet’s and the vet, Dr. Caroline McCray.

    You’ve got to read this link [an old story, but good example of CA law and how it works]:

    The CA judge in this CA case refused to buy off on the insanity or the mental health diagnosis, stating firmly that Abernathy was sane at the trial and acted in anger [killing his dog]. Because he already had two felony convictions, with the animal abuse being the third, instead of 3 years max, the judge was bound by law to rule with “3 strikes and you’re out” -this meant that the defendant must get a minimum of 25 years to life. And that’s what he got. But you really have to give this judge credit for tossing out the cries for insanity.

    May all animal abusers either rot in jail or have their inmate fellows “take care of them.”

  8. Donna says:

    We as a nation, must rise up against animal abusers.Their is no excuse to allow ANY ONE to harm a pet. If we DEMAND no excuses will be accepted loudly law enforcement and the courts WILL hear us ! I could harm nothing, untill I see an animal abuser. In a rage……….of seeing such I could easly take the life of an abuser.They are lower than slugs. No reason for them to exist. I see no reason for an innocent creature to be harmed by a “human monster”.

  9. mittens says:

    what someone will do to an animal they’ll do to a human.

    i had a father who was of this ilk. if ’something’ did anything that annoyed him violence was always the answer to re-establish control. he once gassed my mother’s pet cat by stuffing it in a box and taping it to the exhaust of a car. he thought it had scratched me (i was an infant at the time and as anyone with a baby knows they do grow fingernails and do sometimes scratch themselves which is what happened). this incident was never presented to me as abnormal behavior-which i find horrifying- it was 1960s ok behavior for an adult male.

    he went on to do such things as smash a chair over my back when i was 5 because i didnt get to the dinner table fast enough for him and eventually took to severely beating my mother.

    he was never once presented to me as the out of control,cruel monster he was. it’s a wonder i have any human emotions at all left from having to suck all his vicious crap in and never receiving any support or confirmation that it was sick and completely unacceptable. it’s a wonder i didn’t become him.

    i think it misses the point to focus on the alleged ‘ innocence’ of the victims when dealing with sociopathic sadists. it doesn’t matter whatsoever. if he had tried to kill a crack whore with a record of vice and petty violence a mile long in a similar manner he’d just be as much of a dirt bag. we need to focus on the fact that this sort of behavior is so prevelant in our society because such violence has been historically viewed as an expression of male normalcy. we need to focus on the sickness of the crime not the alleged virtue or lack there of of the victims. we need to focus on why our society is suffused with the idea that sadism and causing other creatures pain is sexy and ultimately sells product. if cruelty wasn’t so eroticized and prized our culture would be able to view the puppy torturers and serial killers and wife beaters for what they are-twisted sick should probably be shot scum bags- not heros of glitzy tv programs about ‘ good ‘ hero serial killers and idolized ho slapping dog shooting gansta thug millionaire music and sports stars. we reward the wealthy , celebrity/media version of the gutless cruel violent puke while spouting off about the evilness of the poorer, average joe punk who is only different in that he isn’t supplied with a PR firm , a tv show and a herd of lawyers to sanitize his wickedness into what has become the coin of the realm.

    i want to know why it’s vicious and monster -like to drown a puppy but incredibly sexy and marketable when you do the same thing on screen to a woman or it’s her ‘ own fault’ somehow if her boyfriend does the same to her. where are our values when we make the distinction that a dog doesn’t deserve it but a human does ? who the hell is anyone to say which creatures are more ‘innocent’ then others and that those who arent innocent enough partly deserve some of what they get?

    we churn human killing thugs or girlfriend beating pigs out on the street for even less bail money. the truth be told we value the lives of people who maim and kill more then we do the lives of their victims or we wouldnt throw around such phrases as ‘ innocent victims’ to distinguish them from the ones we think probably kind of deserved it or encouraged it or weren’t somehow pure enough to avoid predators.

  10. Lynn says:

    Mittens, I am so sorry for your life experiences. In answer to your question about why we hate those who abuse animals, but don’t feel as strongly against those who harm grown women and the like: my guess would be that too many people perceive animals as helpless and women as likely able to take care of themselves - or that they invited the attack. [Sick monsters.] I heartily regret that more civil liberties and rights have been given to perpetrators than the victims, animal or human. Sickens me. Sometimes I wonder if all the laws shouldn’t be tossed and in favor of letting society mete out justice as they see fit.

    Regarding Toby, the Shih Tzu: It’s a good thing that [1] I refuse to own a gun, and [2] Purser isn’t my neighbor. Otherwise I, a person who never advocated violence, would likely shoot this jerk.

    Has it really come to this?

  11. nora and rufus says:

    Donna, I have come to the conclusion…I completely agree with you. Death to animal torturers and killers. It is justice.

  12. 3FURS says:

    Perhaps some physical punishment might deter abusers of all stripes. The jails are full of people who will reoffend as soon as they get out. Tax payers have to take care of these people. Therefore, in my opinion, instead of how many months in prison, the sentence should be, how many lashes with a cat’o nine tails. I think abusers might think twice before reoffending. Also it would save tax payer’s money and free up the prisons for the murders who will be on death row. And the younger generation will not want to follow in the same path.

  13. ashley says:

    i hate animal abusers

  14. Leila says:

    If any of you people eat meat, you’re all just as bad! You just don’t do the killing yourself so it’s okay?! What is wrong with you people! I don’t condone what the guy did in any way, but jail time? Really? Have any of you been outside of your small imbred towns? It’s common for people all over the world to eat cat and dog. So either become vegan or shut it.

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