Actor Andrew Bryniarski (who played the new Leatherface in the 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and its sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) and his girlfriend, Jennifer Abram, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of animal cruelty for allegedly hoarding 25 dogs in their Santa Monica mobile home, reports Laist.
The arrest took place Saturday around 10:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Third Street, which is part of SaMo’s Ocean Park neighborhood, adds the City News Service.
Police responded to a neighbor’s complaint of dogs barking and crying in a motor home, and when they arrived, say found the door to the home ajar and “several stacks of dog kennels with multiple dogs in each kennel,” Sgt. Richard Lewis told CNS. Lewis noted that the home reeked of urine.
During the search, Bryniarski and Abram, 34, returned to their home with several more pooches—all of which have been seized by animal welfare officials. Described as Pomeranians, several of the dogs “appeared sick and starving,” officials told the gossip publication. Responding officers were reportedly unable to see whether or not the animals had food or water at the time of the arrest.
Bryniarski has denied all allegations, claiming, “Nobody cares for my dogs better than I do, or finds them better homes. These are lies … and the only thing that smells like piss or maybe sh*t is the story from the Santa Monica Police Department.” The actor also revealed that he and Abrams “bought the RV as a mobile adoption unit about a week ago to find good, forever homes for the majority of the poms, all of which [they] have raised ourselves or rescued.”
Both suspects were booked on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty and released, pending court appearances.