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Man jailed after allegedly killing puppy, burglarizing homes

A White City man faces felony animal abuse and burglary charges after an alleged crime spree Wednesday during which he broke into several homes and killed his girlfriend's dog.

Brian Massey, 22, remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on several felony charges including aggravated animal abuse, first-degree animal abuse, second-degree animal abuse, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft. He also faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and giving false information to police, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were alerted to Massey Wednesday evening when passers-by called dispatch to report that he was sprawled unconscious in his yard in the 7300 block of Lakewood Court in White City.

"We believe he was intoxicated," sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Deputies began investigating the scene and found some distributing evidence inside Massey's home.

Investigators determined that blood discovered inside the home came from a small beagle mix that belonged to Massey's girlfriend and her kids.

Deputies believe Massey became extremely angry earlier in the day with his girlfriend's puppy, a 6-month-old beagle mix, and killed it. The puppy was taken to All Creature's Animal Hospital in Eagle Point for an autopsy. Preliminary results show the puppy was poisoned and drowned, Carlson said.

Further investigation revealed that Massey had spent the day breaking into homes in the neighborhood and stealing items, Carlson said.

"He was pulling things from wallets and taking small electronics," she said.

Investigators are trying to piece together the sequence of events that day. It is not clear whether Massey killed the dog before going on the burglary spree or vice versa.

"We are not sure why he did what he did," Carlson said.

Massey apparently attempted to fight deputies as he was arrested and was charged with resisting arrest prior to his trip to jail.

He also was charged with a probation violation stemming from a first-degree burglary and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle conviction out of Josephine County in 2010, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

He remains lodged in jail on $88,000 bail.

— Chris Conrad

Brian Massey