SALEM, Ore. - A man who pleaded guilty to a shocking animal abuse crime will serve time in jail followed by a long probation period, a judge said Thursday.
Kevin Dean Parrish, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal abuse charges on Wednesday after putting his grandmother's dog, a small Chihuahua-Pincher named Kudo, into an oven that was heated to 350 degrees.
Parrish (pictured at right) will serve 30 days in jail and then be placed on probation for five years, with restrictions on owning or having contact with animals during that period. He is scheduled to be released from jail on Feb. 16, after having been credited for time served since his arrest.
Parrish said he had heated the oven to cook some food but became angry at Kudo when the dog nipped at him. He admitted to investigators that he hit and strangled the dog before putting it in the oven.
Kudo was rescued by Parrish's brother and father. The dog was burned but is expected to make a full recovery.
Parrish, who had no prior criminal record, admitted to Marion County deputies that he has anger issues and snapped when dealing with the dog.
In light of several recent local high-profile animal abuse cases, Democratic Rep. Brad Witt has introduced a bill in Salem that would require animal abusers to register with Oregon State Police in the same way sex offenders are now required to register their location.
"Often times, what we see is people who abuse humans got started abusing animals," Witt said. "Certainly it's intolerable to be inflicting that kind of abuse pain and suffering on animals."