FAIRFIELD — Witnesses described seeing a man splashing in the Fairfield Civic Center pond Monday with a dog, then apparently holding the dog underwater until it drowned.
Fairfield police responded quickly to the 10 a.m. incident. They made an arrest near the Fire Department and worked with Fairfield firefighters to recover the dog’s body. The Police Department, Fire Department and other city offices are all located near the pond.
Police identified the suspect as Bryan Andrew Cavanah, 21, of Fairfield. He was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and for an alleged felony probation violation. He was wet from the waist down, they said.
Martina Flores is among those who saw the incident.
“I thought he was playing with he dog,” Flores said. “He was in the water. I didn’t see the dog coming out at all. I just saw the guy coming out all wet.”
Police and firefighters went to the pond to search for the dog’s body. Two firefighters probed the greenish, murky waters with poles about 10 feet long and pulled up a shopping cart and fishing pole, but no dog. An onlooker asked for the fishing pole. Police gave it to him and he left smiling.
The Public Works Department then brought by a small boat. Two police officers got in it and found the body of a pit bull with a red-and-tan collar and blood coming from the mouth. It had no muzzle on it.
Police said the dog belonged to Cavanah’s father. Police, in a prepared release, said Cavanah admitted to killing the dog and said he didn’t know why he did so.
Officers turned the dog’s body over to Humane Animal Services.
Bail for the animal cruelty charge was set at $15,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was held without bail on the alleged probation violation.
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This version updates the original to include bail amounts, additional information released by Fairfield police.