Follow Up on "Pooh" the Dog Rescued by Lompoc Firefighters

Lompoc Police Department

107 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, California 93436

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Press Release
Case# :1706-0965
Press Release Date :
06/15/2017 9:21 AM
Location :
Lompoc, CA.
Crime/Offense :
597(A) PC- Cruelty to Animals
Suspect(s) :
Edward Kyle Joseph Fuentes Vantassel, 37 YOA
Edward Vantassel 37 YOA
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. 
Investigating Officer :
Detective Nesby
Press Release Prepared by :
Sgt. Martin