New details surfaced Friday in the strange story of two dogs killed by a homeowner in Brentwood last weekend when authorities announced that the man claiming to have beaten, burned and buried the animals had fabricated his story.
Investigators from Contra Costa County Animal Services told KTVU Friday night that the dogs were in fact shot and killed by homeowner Randy Christ after they got into a chicken coop on his property.
Earlier this week, Christ had said that his son Jon had killed the two dogs -- a German Shepherd named Luke and a Rottweiler named Jager – after they escaped from their home on Springhaven Court and ended up on Christ’s ranch on Creek Road.
"These dogs broke through the enclosure and basically killed all of them [his chickens] when my son, Jonny came on the scene," Christ told KTVU on Tuesday.
The dog’s owners, Rocky Osborn and his fiancée Ellen Barkley, were out of town on Saturday when they learned their dogs went missing.
They were outraged when they were tipped off by a neighbor who said Christ’s son had killed the dogs.
Christ’s son Jon had apparently made up the story about killing the dogs with a shovel before taking the animals to a quarry where he worked to burn the bodies.
A press release from Contra Costa Animal Control stated that authorities were able to confirm that Randy Christ had in fact shot the dogs. The same day, employees of the quarry had found the intact remains of the two dogs and dozens of chickens that the dogs had killed.
While California law allows landowner to kill an animal that is attacking livestock or poultry on their property, authorities said Jon Christ had made up the story about killing the dogs to protect his father from possible trouble for discharging a firearm within Brentwood city limits.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is set to receive the case next week to determine if charges should be filed against either Randy or Jon Christ.
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