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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:36 p.m.

Man arrested after alleged felony dog abuse

Booking photo: Zachary Burkenbine

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 15-17564.

Booking photo: Zachary Burkenbine At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a citizen report of a man repeatedly kicking a small dog -- to the point the dog was bleeding -- along the side of SE 82nd Drive in Clackamas.

The citizen reporter followed the suspect, and eventually the bus on which the suspect received a ride towards Gladstone.

Responding deputies, assisted by Gladstone Police officers, located the man, a woman, and the dog in the Safeway parking lot in Gladstone.

They discovered the dog -- a small white mixed-breed canine -- had suffered visible traumatic injuries to its rear end, and there was blood dripping from its tail.

A deputy transported the dog to a nearby emergency veterinary clinic, where medical staff determined the dog would need to be euthanized due to internal injuries it suffered as a result of repeatedly being kicked. The veterinarian would then perform a necropsy and provide the findings to assist the investigation.

Deputies identified the man as Zachary Burkenbine (the suspect initially lied about his identity and used his brother's name) and the woman as Krystal Bohannon.

During the interviews with Mr. Burkenbine and Ms. Bohannon, deputies learned the two found the dog the day before on the side of the road, inside a box labeled "FREE." Mr. Burkenbine explained his actions by saying he was using the leash to pull the dog in order to train it how to walk on leash.

It was reported to deputies that Mr. Burkenbine allegedly kicked the dog between five and ten times in the rear end with each step he took as he walked along 82nd Drive.

Zachary Burkenbine was arrested for Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree -- a Class C Felony -- and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

A copy of Mr. Burkenbine's booking photo is linked above. His complete booking info is here.

Additionally, deputies learned Ms. Bohannon allegedly repeatedly hit the reporting citizen's vehicle, mooned the citizen, and made obscene gestures with her hands when she saw the citizen calling 911. Ms. Bohannon initially attempted to convince deputies she tried to get the dog medical treatment. However, she eventually confessed she did not seek medical treatment and lied because she did not want to go to jail. Deputies will refer charges of at least Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree on Ms. Bohannon to the District Attorney's Office.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges any pet owner who can no longer care for his or her animal(s) to contact his or her local animal shelter or the Oregon Humane Society. The Oregon Humane Society can be contacted online at www.oregonhumane.org or by calling (503) 285-7722.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 15-17564.

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