Couple's Chihuahua Pitched Into the Catoctin Creek

Man admits to throwing dog, charged with animal cruelty

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Aug 28, 2009  |  Updated 8:31 PM EDT
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Dog Thrown off Bridge in Frederick

Caisha and Tim Wantz

Zoey's body was never found.

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Dog Thrown off Bridge in Frederick

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BRUNSWICK, Md. -- Maryland State Police charged a man with throwing a Frederick County family's Chihuahua off a bridge.

Caisha and Tim Wantz encountered a man with a station wagon and talking on a cell phone at the end of their driveway in Point of Rocks on June 19 as they were driving to get gas in preparation for their big weekend plans. They argued with him after asking him to leave. He told them he wanted to stay and make a call, the couple told NBC4's Pat Collins.

"I told him I was going to call police," Caisha Wantz said. "He laughed at me."

She said he mocked her and started driving toward her like he was going to run her over.

"I yelled out to him, 'Go ahead, you. Run over me in front of my family,'" Caisha Wantz said.

She was holding thermos of coffee and she decorated his rear window with the beverage.

Charging documents state that 34-year-old David Beers left but came back after the couple left and drove up to their house. Beers told police that he grabbed the 4-pound, 1-and-a-half-year-old dog named Zoey when she walked up to his car.

As Beers drove home over Catoctin Creek Bridge, he threw the dog over the bridge, police said. He later admitted to throwing the dog, which was never found.

"I have made, a few months ago, the worst decision of my life, and I want everyone to know that I deeply regret the pain and suffering that I caused the Wantz family," Beers told Collins. "I have dealt with this stuff very heavily, and it's affected my family and friends, and to them I own an apology as well."

"She was my companion," Caisha Wantz said. "She was our family companion. She went on vacation with us; she would travel to the store with us. I often had her in my purse."

Beers has been charged with theft less than $500, trespassing and animal cruelty. He told Collins that he is undergoing anger management and seeing a psychiatrist.

A Sept. 17 court date has been set.

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