25 Dogs Seized From Actor in Santa Monica

Bit actor Andrew Bryniarski and girlfriend were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty in the Ocean Park neighborhood.

The actor who played Leatherface in two recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies was arrested in Santa Monica on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and dozens of his dogs were seized.

Actor Andrew Bryniarski, 43, and girlfriend Jennifer Abram, 34, were arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of Third Street after police found he was allegedly hoarding dogs in kennels in the Ocean Park neighborhood, City News Service reported.

Police were called to the area by someone who complained of dogs barking in a motor home. When they arrived, officers found the motor home door ajar. Inside, there were stacks of dog kennels with multiple dogs in each kennel, and it smelled of urine, department spokesman Richard Lewis told CNS.

According to CNS, About that time, Bryniarski and Abram walked up, along with several dogs, Lewis said. Police arrested the couple, and 25 dogs were seized by animal welfare officials, Lewis said

Bryniarski and Abram were booked and released, pending court appearances.

Bryniarski, a bit player who has had made a living off secondary and supporting roles since the 90's, most notably appeared in Platinum Dunes' two recent Texas Chainsaw films as the murderous butcher Leatherface, as a tough teammate in slew of football films, such as The Program and Any Given Sunday, as well as Tim Burton's Batman Returns, according to his IMDb.com page. 

He has also appeared in episodes of Burn Notice, Without a Trace and the cult-favorite, Firefly.

Police received "multiple tips from a concerned neighbor who constantly heard the sound of crying dogs coming from [the actor's] pad," TMZ reported.

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Danny Hester September 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Andy trains at my gym and loved dogs. I think he was trying rescuethem and got too overwelmed. I wish they would have hus side of story and help him place the poor homeless dogs now thry will prob put a lot of them down if homes arent found soon
Matt Smurda September 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It is my understanding that this man was trying to rescue the dogs. Nevertheless, he and his girlfriend are now being treated as criminals for their kind work efforts. What a waste of time and resources by the police/court system...
DWileyOne September 13, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Nuts ... his good intentions put those dogs at risk for infection and disease and, further, over-crowded kennels cause fights and injury. At some point, he and his girlfriend needed to have said, "we're in over our heads ... let's get help for these dogs." There are lots of rescue groups that would help in that situation ... Best Friends Animal Sanctuary comes to mind as just one.
ShawnMarie September 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM
@ DWileyOne -I'm gonna have to agree with you on that one. It's obvious he was in way over his head. When multiple animals of any sort are made to share a space, unfortunately competing for food is unavoidable and the weakest animal will be the one to suffer. They need to be exercised daily and there were far too many for them to tend to. They just didn't make healthy choices.
Dan Charney September 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM
plenty of people want to rescue and end up abusing - overcrowding, sick dogs etc- it's a tough one- rescue is not easy and you need to have your head on straight- the knee jerkers and drama bleeding hearts end up this way a lot- there are over 10 miillion dogs and cats put to sleep every year- every rescue and sanctuary are exploding with animals from the economic downturn and cultures that do not believe in spay and neuter- don't jump down my throat - look at the statistics- all this stuff is serious business- people think there are tons of help for these animals- many times not
Kris Gardikis September 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
There is not his side, he is not ignorant.... 25 dogs stacked inside of a sweltering Motorhome is poor judgement PERIOD!
Kris Gardikis September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Matt are you that ignorant??? You don't "rescue" dogs and then place them inside a motorhome full of filth, and imagine the heat this weekend!! You obviously have not understanding, if you actually feel pity for this idiot!
Kris Gardikis September 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Thank you.... Finally some commentary that makes sense, instead of "why be mean he was just trying to help".
J C September 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
As always we listen to one side of the story and make judgments. This "motor home" could of been top of the line with AC! You all also act as if the local is any better than what this man was trying to do! Noone is perfect. Here both sides befor you judge!
J C September 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
* shelter. * hear
Dan Charney September 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Matt- if they had been in good shape and well off- they would not have been seized= and the couple not charged- the last thing animal control has is space for another 25 dogs- they will do all they can if it's a false report and the animals are okay to let them stay there- you are the one overreacting - and i'd bet dead wrong - learn about it for real instead of blind defending someone- he very well may have been trying to help and it got out of hand- it often does - you don't know a thing about animal rescue and it's consequences and reality -
West Sider September 18, 2012 at 06:22 AM
It was over 90F in that neighborhood many days last week. Leaving 1 dog in a vehicle at those temps is life threatening, and illegal. I commend whomever took action on the dogs' behalf, and didn't make stupid human excuses for this dangerous ignorance or worse. I hope he's charged, and I hope anyone else who would do the same is similarly charged. If all you can provide a dog on a 90F day is a kennel with another dog inside of a motor home or other vehicle, you need to relinquish that dog to a shelter, as you're not acting in the animal's best interest.


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