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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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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