A 21-year-old man is in custody Monday after several witnesses saw him deliberately drown a dog in the pond at the Fairfield Civic Center, authorities said.
At around 10:15 a.m. Monday, the Fairfield Police Department received several calls reporting a man who was holding a dog under the water at the Civic Center pond near 1000 Kentucky Street.
The man, identified by police as 21-year-old Fairfield resident Brian Cavanah, carried a dog described as a medium-sized brown female pit bull terrier into the pond and began dunking the dog in the water. The male suspect repeatedly pushed the dog under water until it failed to surface.
After arriving, Fairfield police questioned Cavanah, who admitted drowning the dog. He told officers the dog belonged to Cavanah’s father and that he did not know why he did it.
The disturbing event was witnessed by numerous people at City Hall and throughout the Civic Center complex.
The dog's body was recovered from the pond.
Cavanah was arrested for felony cruelty to an animal and violation of probation. He is on probation through Solano County for assault with a deadly weapon.
Cavanah was booked into the Solano County jail and is being held without bail.
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