A man accused of killing at least four pets in a pet travel company has been charged with cruelty to animals, according to charging documents.
John K. Kline Jr., 36, was charged Tuesday with killing five dogs and one cat in the summer of 2016, according the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Kline was charged in connection with the deaths of four dogs and a cat, according court records.
The animal cruelty charge stemmed from a May 2016 incident in which Kline allegedly used a chainsaw to cut off a dog’s leg.
The dog was found unresponsive in a wooded area outside of Los Angeles.
The court documents do not provide details on the circumstances of the incident, and Kline’s attorney, Christopher K. Tannenbaum, said Tuesday that Kline did not suffer any ill effects from the incident.
Klines attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.KLINE was released on $1 million bail.
A second suspect, Kevin R. O’Connell, 29, was also charged with causing bodily injury to two cats and was being held on $500,000 bail.
The two were arraigned Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Tannenbeams attorney said Kline and O’Nealons clients were on vacation in Los Feliz, Calif., when the incident occurred.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the incident on Tuesday, and CBS Los Angeles also broke the story on Tuesday.
A Facebook page set up by the pet travel agents has since been taken down.KLine was arrested in May after he was charged with felony animal cruelty and tampering with evidence.
A second person who knew Kline as a client said he was an avid hiker who often had to hike through the Angeles National Forest and had a reputation for getting into fights with other hikers.
The Times reported that a police report said Klin told an investigator that he had cut off the legs of a cat to make it easier to walk, but said he had not hurt the cat.
He also said he didn’t hurt a cat when he did it because he was afraid the owner of the cat would take it away from him.