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Oregon Man Sentenced in Washington to 41 Months in Animal Cruelty Case

Becca Robbins/The Columbian

A Portland man was sentenced to 41 months in jail Monday in an animal cruelty case {that a} Clark County decide known as “one of the despicable issues I’ve ever seen an individual do.”

A Clark County Superior Courtroom jury discovered Yuri A. Feitser, 37, responsible Jan. 10 of first-degree animal cruelty and witness intimidation within the demise of his girlfriend’s 3-pound Yorkshire terrier.

Feitser additionally pleaded responsible Monday to a brand new cost of possession of a managed substance by a jail inmate.

Decide Suzan Clark stated Feitser introduced fentanyl with him to courtroom throughout his trial and disposed of it within the courtroom rubbish can, the place she stated “it is a danger to anybody who might need touched it, together with our janitorial workers.”

Feitser’s former girlfriend described to the decide how shut she was together with her canine, Romeo, and the methods her psychological well being has suffered since her canine’s demise.

Feitser apologized to his former girlfriend and famous his “profound substance abuse difficulty.” He continued to say the canine’s demise was an accident.

Clark stated that after seeing the proof in the course of the trial, she is aware of the canine’s demise was no accident.

“That proof was so unhealthy that after I went again to the jury room, I had jurors crying, male jurors that tended to satisfaction themselves on not doing that, have been so upset by what they noticed and what they heard,” Clark stated. “My bailiff could not keep within the courtroom when the movies have been replayed throughout closings as a result of the sound of that canine crying — it was about all I may do to hearken to that, fairly frankly. It is simply past me how one particular person may do one thing that despicable to a defenseless creature that did nothing to you.”

Clark sentenced Feitser to the highest of his sentencing vary, which was above the prosecutor’s advice of 36 months.

“If this have been my canine, I would not really feel any sentence, fairly frankly, it was sufficient, however the legislation says what the sentence I can provide you is, and that’ll be 41 months,” Clark stated. “If I may offer you extra, I’d fortunately achieve this based mostly in your conduct.”

In accordance with a possible trigger affidavit, a Clark County sheriff’s deputy responded at 5:32 pm Nov. 20, 2020, to Feitser’s girlfriend’s residence within the 5 Corners space after she known as 911 to report Feitser had abused her 7-year-old canine ” so unhealthy it was killed.”

By the point the deputy arrived, Feitser had left and animal management officers have been on the scene. Upstairs within the grasp rest room, the canine was mendacity on the ground, and a big stereo was subsequent to him, in line with the affidavit.

Feitser reportedly advised his girlfriend the stereo, which had been mounted on a wall, fell and killed Romeo, the affidavit says.

There was a screw protruding of the wall the place the stereo was mounted, and one other seemed to be lacking. Nothing was knocked off the counter beneath, and the girlfriend famous that some gadgets on high of the stereo had been neatly positioned on the counter, in line with the affidavit.

Moreover, the deputy famous there was no harm or particles to point the stereo fell off the wall naturally, the affidavit says.

The girlfriend and deputy reviewed video from a safety digicam in the main bedroom.

Within the footage, recorded about three hours prior, nobody is in view, however Romeo will be heard in misery, together with a number of thuds. Feitser will be heard respiratory shortly, in line with the affidavit.

Feitser reportedly enters the digicam’s view holding the canine; he runs round the home cursing, earlier than making an attempt CPR on Romeo. Feitser, at one level, strikes the digicam twice, fully obstructing its view. The deputy who wrote the affidavit famous noise, which he alleges was possible Feitser eradicating the stereo from the wall, the affidavit says.

Feitser left the home with some belongings, texting his girlfriend two minutes later; He didn’t point out that Romeo was lifeless.

Later, he texted her a number of occasions saying he tried to resuscitate the canine and could not imagine the stereo fell on him, in line with the affidavit.

Animal management officers took the canine to carry out a necropsy, in line with the affidavit. The deputy wrote Romeo’s situation indicated he’d been lifeless for a number of hours.

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