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Leatherface of 'Chainsaw Massacre' arrested in animal cruelty case

September 13, 2012 |  8:53 am

Andrew Bryniarski
Andrew Bryniarski, who played Leatherface in the latest installment of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and his girlfriend were arrested in Santa Monica after police found 25 Pomeranians in a mobile home, police said.

Bryniarski, 43, who has appeared in TV shows and movies, and Jennifer Abram, 34, were arrested, cited and released Saturday. They have been ordered to appear in court next month.

Police responded to a mobile home parked in the 2300 block of 3rd Street about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after at least two residents reported they could hear dogs crying from inside the vehicle.

Officers found a door to the mobile home ajar and noted "a heavy smell of urine and a lot of trash inside," according to Sgt. Richard Lewis, a Santa Monica Police Department spokesman.

Police found 25 Pomeranians inside. When Bryniarski and Abram arrived, the couple told police they had been using the mobile home to house the dogs until they could be adopted.

The dogs were taken to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

The decision on whether to file charges would rest with the city attorney's office, Lewis said.

In a 2003 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bryniarski said he liked spending Friday nights at home with his menagerie. At the time, he said he had a yellow-headed Amazon parrot, a trio of Pomeranians, two cats, two Eastern box turtles and four giant African sulcatas (tortoises).


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Photo: Andrew Bryniarski in 2003. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images