Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

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Update by the Santa Barbara District Attorney
3:00 p.m, June 16, 2016

Re: People v. Edward Kyle Vantassel

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Edward Kyle Vantassel, age 37, was charged with Felony Animal Abuse in violation of Penal Code section 597(a). It is alleged that Mr. Vantassel intentionally injured his dog “Pooh.”

The charges were filed in Department 1 of the Lompoc Superior Court today. His bail was set at $20,000. His arraignment was continued to June 21, 2017 in Lompoc court at 8:30 am.

Source: Lompoc Police Department
5:37 p.m, June 15, 2016

On June 6th Lompoc City Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Crown Circle. Firefighters found the resident Edward Vantassel, 37 years of age (YOA) standing outside of the residence.  Vantassel told firefighters his dog was still in the residence on the second floor. Firefighters entered the residence in search of the dog.  

Firefighters located the dog inside of an overturned weighted down box in a room on the second floor of the residence.  Firefighters also discovered the dog's muzzle and rear legs had been bound with rubber bands.  Firefighters removed the dog from the residence and cut off the rubber bands.  They provided the dog with water and called animal control.  "Pooh" was transported to a local veterinarian where he was treated.

The Lompoc Police Department was contacted the following day regarding "Pooh."  Detectives immediately began an Animal Cruelty investigation.  Detectives began to gather their evidence and conduct their interviews.  On 6-13-2017 Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Pooh's owner Edward Vantassel.  On 6-14-2017 detectives arrested Edward Vantassel outside of the Animal Control building where he was at for a hearing on Pooh.

Edward Vantassel was arrested for his warrant for 597(A) PC Cruelty to an Animal, a felony.  His bail is set at $100,000.  Edward Vantassel was transported to the Lompoc Police Department where he was interviewed and booked.  He was transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail.    

Pooh was treated by a local veterinarian and is doing much better. He has been placed with a foster family. 

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Roger Jun 17, 2017 06:27 AM
Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

The streets are the new mental institutions no one wants to spend the money and they want to make sure the mentally ill can buy guns...The powers that be need all the money they can get so they can send Working class and poor peoples children to wars, while they bask in the sunshine of their golf courses.

420722 Jun 16, 2017 05:21 PM
Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

Clearly this man is deranged due to his time in Iraq. What this country needs is what Reagan got rid of...Mental Institutions, a real one where people get real help not a weekly session with a therapist and a 5 new bottles of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic meds. That's what is wrong with American right now. Lack of help for people with real problems.

LocalsOnly Jun 16, 2017 12:10 AM
Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

I can't help but wonder if this wacko lit his own home on fire. If his house was accidentally lit on fire, why would he take the time - rather than trying to put out the fire, flee, or call authorities - to bind his dog and make a death trap for it? But then again, in either scenario - lighting his house on fire or trapping his dog while it was already on fire - this guy ain't right in the head.

Garth Jun 15, 2017 08:40 PM
Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

Isn't this the same guy who shut down the 101 back in 2008 by standing on the La Cumbre overpass waving a gun? He had a one-way bromance with Tom Cruise, if I recall.

therealbebe Jun 15, 2017 06:21 PM
Lompoc Man Charged with Animal Abuse

I for one am glad he's locked up, at least for the time being. People who hurt animals are one small step away from hurting humans.

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