An Oklahoma man has been arrested after cops saw him using a pressure washer to clean two dogs in a cage. Those dogs, according to cops, were â€œcowering in fearâ€.
51-year-old Patrick Schultz was spotted first by a witness, who then called 911, then by an officer who was responding to that call.
The officer arrived at 12:20 a.m. and saw a pickup in one of the washing bays. In the back were animal kennels. Those kennels housed a Chihuahua and another unidentified breed of puppy.
He then, in full view of the officer, started spraying the dogs â€œwith the sprayer nozzle on the high pressure rinse setting.â€
â€œBoth animals were cowering in fear as the nozzle went over them. The tip of the nozzle was only about 1 foot away from each animal as it passed,â€ according to the arrest affidavit.
The officer then quickly exited his patrol car and started yelling for Schultz to stop spraying the dogs. He then remembered the man from past run-ins and also remembered that he was hearing impaired, so he chose to go to the control panel himself and turn the water off.
This angered Schultz, who then turned the water right back on. The officer turned it back off again. After Schultz turned the water back on a second time, the cop shut it off again and broke out the handcuffs.
With this, Mr. Schultz dropped the watery weapon and ran and hid behind his girlfriend, identified as Velvette Skaggs.
As the cop took Schultz into custody, he explained that one canâ€™t use a car wash and pressure washer to bathe an animal. Schultzâ€™s response â€œwas that he was from California and he didnâ€™t know any better.â€
The dogs were seized by cops and taken to a local animal hospital.
Schultz was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
If found guilty, he faces a sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5000.
Heâ€™s now free on bond.