A California man who allegedly killed his father’s pit bull reportedly claims he has no memory of drowning the animal.
Bryan Cavanah, 21, of Fairfield, said he has had epileptic seizures for nearly a decade and is unclear how he ended up killing 3-year-old Kia, whom he characterized as a “therapy dog” that helped him with his medical condition. Cavanah allegedly drowned the dog at a pond at the Fairfield Civic Center while walking the animal as his father, Ronald, worked as a mentor at a Solano County courthouse, FOX40.com reports.
“I was bawling out tears because I loved that dog,” Cavanah said from Solano County Jail. “She was like a therapy dog to me.”
Cavanah said he regained consciousness in the back of a police car after he was arrested by Fairfield police officers following reports that people saw him hold the dog under water. Ronald Cavanah, however, said he doesn’t hold his son responsible for the killing.
“It wasn’t his fault, I don’t even understand how he could be in jail for this because he has no recollection of what he was doing,” he said. “He would never hurt that puppy.”
Cavanah, who was on probation for assaulting a teacher when he was arrested Monday, is facing charges of felony animal cruelty and probation violations in connection to the dog’s death.