UPDATE: The man accused of hitting a dog with a baseball bat in Springfield said he's now getting death threats, and that the whole incident was blown out of proportion.
Ryan Kastrava called the KEZI 9 newsroom just before 6 p.m. Friday. He said the dog was attacking his chickens, but he would have handled it differently now.
"If I could do it again, I would let the dog kill my chickens," Kastrava said.
He said the dog had a chicken in its mouth, and they were bleeding with feathers everywhere. He said the dog also bit his leg and he needed a tetanus shot.
Kastrava said multiple neighbors saw the dog attacking his chickens.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A man is accused of hitting a dog with a baseball bat in Springfield.
Officers said they got a call from a neighbor Friday morning, saying Ryan Kastrava, 38, was chasing and hitting the small terrier mix with an aluminum bat near 25th and D streets.
Police said Kastrava was angry at the dog, Lilith, and chased it into blackberry bushes in an alley his home.
They said he was upset because the dog was digging into his chicken coup and killed two of his chickens. But police said none of the chickens were hurt.
An animal control officer found Lilith with a large cut on its skull and took it to the emergency veterinary hospital.
Vets are monitoring her for any brain or internal injuries but are expecting her to make a full recovery. Lilith has been reunited with her 11 and 14-year-old owners.
Kastrava is facing second degree animal abuse charges. He was not arrested, but cited and released.
Police are using money from the CHETT Pet Fund to pay for the dog’s care. The fun helps pay for emergency care for animals, and they are always accepting donations.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Springfield police at 541-726-3714