Justice for Fatally Scalded Dog


Target: Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert

Goal: Prosecute man accused of fatally scalding a puppy.

A Sacramento man, Ignatius Chavarria, was charged with alleged animal torture and malicious maiming after fatally scalding a dog in the shower. After not being let out of his crate as scheduled, the dog, Tucker, relieved himself in the crate and Chavarria became upset with him. He placed the dog in the shower and turned the water on before leaving him alone for ten minutes with the shower door closed. When he returned, Tucker had already suffered third degree burns and kidney failure. He later had to be euthanized. Urge the district attorney to prosecute this man to the fullest extent for his alleged participation in fatally scalding a dog.

Tucker belonged to the suspect’s girlfriend who initially contacted poison control after Chavarria wrongly told her the cause of the burns was likely an adverse effect of shampoo. According to Chavarria, the incident was accidental and he did not intend for the water to reach such high temperatures while out of the room.

Thus far, the alleged events suggest that Chavarria acted out of anger and sought to punish the dog. Accidental or not, his actions are disgusting and ultimately resulted in the dog’s untimely death. House pets are forced to rely on the care of humans, and any abuse of this power in which an animal is forced to suffer should result in proper punishment. Urge the district attorney to prosecute this man to the fullest extent and ensure he is never able to live with another animal.


Dear District Attorney Schubert,

The alleged actions of Ignatius Chavarria in which a dog was fatally scalded are deeply disturbing. This is certainly not the first situation of its kind in which an owner acted out of anger with blatant disregard for another living being. The poor dog, Tucker, was forced to suffer tremendously for hours before being taken to a veterinarian where he was ultimately euthanized. Please prosecute Chavarria for the inhumane conditions he forced a dog to suffer through and ensure he is never able to cohabitate with another animal.

Similar cases of animal abuse have become increasingly common. Advancements in technology ensure news of such events reach a wide audience, giving us an opportunity to voice an opinion and end this epidemic of animal abuse. It is within your power to ensure the individuals that stand before you understand the severity of their actions.

Caring for an animal is a privilege, not a right. The public must know that the abuse of this privilege will have severe consequences. I urge you to do everything in your power to prosecute this man to the fullest extent and ban him from ever cohabitating with an animal in the future.


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  1. Judith Clark says:

    I am growing quite weary of reading about animals and children, either abused, or killed by boyfriends.
    Are these women not aware of the violence in their boyfriends?
    It has been widely documented, and accepted, by noted psychiatrists, as well as law enforcement, that those who abuse, torture and kill animals, go on to do the same to spouses and children.
    Violence begets violence.
    So, it is very important for  women to be aware of the presence of dominance, control, temper tantrums, etc., as signs of violence, and frankly, to seek out another boyfriend.
    Women should never become so desperate as to put their child, animal, or themselves in harm’s way, just to have a man in their life.
    That philosophy diminishes, and disrespects all women.

  2. Ashley Stephens says:

    Pardon my French but Bitch how dare you…I have personally been in a bad situation and I for one can say I never saw the abuse coming but he also mentally controlled/manipulated me.. I had never been in a situation like this before… At first they seem loving and caring and can portray a certain facad…. You can’t judge these women or this woman… You honestly don’t know he situation and if you were there it would happen to you.. My ex threatened to kill me if I left and come find me… He punched the screen window out and told me my cat ran away only to find out later when he started abusing my dog in front of me and I got in the way several times getting bruised did I find out the truth…. One day he left my dog out in the negative 30 degree weather while I was at work and rushed home after the neighbors called.. I called him and he said he was gone for 20 minutes to the store… I worked 45 minutes away and discussed it with my boss for at least a half hour but told the neighbors to take my dog in and not let him near my dog…. I arrived and he still was not there… My dog survived but this was the day that I found out my cat didn’t run away he kicked her out the door hitting her neck on the way out and dropped her off in the woods cities away… She was microchipped and somehow survived this… Almost 3 months later while it was freezing cold in December I got a call… I searched every day for 3 months while he helped me….. She came back and I took her care or her she started getting better and one day I came home to a dead cat… I was devastated and she was beaten up when she got back… He burried her for me… But the neighbors that day months after her death told me the truth and that moment I realized he was psychotic on so many levels… I will never get my cat back… That sucks and I don’t have much proof so I can’t do anything about it… It is the worst feeling you can imagine… So don’t be so quick to judge others.. You don’t know how it got to that point….

    • Your story makes my heart bleed. Your poor little cat, and your dog and you went through so much because of a psychopath in your life.
      You will never get your cat back and that will haunt you forever, also that he got away with it.
      In no way was it your fault for having him in your life at that time. Sometimes we are duped, sometimes we allow the wool to be pulled over our eyes, sometimes we just don’t see things until it’s ‘too late’;
      Well done for ultimately getting him out of your life.

  3. Ashley Stephens says:

    None of the real abusive things happened until around the time of me finding out about my cat and it took a lot to leave but I got my dog out first and foremost… i don’t know who the fuck you think you are judging women… You for one have no right

  4. Jennifer Jacobs says:

    If he had any opportunity to hurt you or your pets after the first incident then you are 100% to blame. It was your responsibility to protect them.

  5. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and absolutely heartbreaking all the way around. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. Period. But in case there are any out there who couldn’t care less about torturing animals – which says a lot about you, as well – then think on this: If you find people happily willing to hurt an animal in any way, they are actually finding a venue to act out their deepest, most inner evil fantasies of twisted sickness. There’s nothing more revolting than that. Aside from this, it has been proven repeatedly that those who have horrid intents with animals, get bored with them soon enough, ultimately leading them to bigger prey, moving up to people, in order to re-ignite and enhance the excitement that the torturing of animals used to provide. It’s simply never enough. And do not forget, these horrendous monsters also end up raising their children in “the game”, breeding evil, little sickos to continue on “the trade”… no doubt causing abuse in every level of their lives, as well. It’s just a revolting cycle that will never end until someone gets into it and breaks the heart-wrenching pattern. So, even if an animal is not of your utmost concern, then note that it will not stop there. It is just a start. And it is just a matter of time.

  6. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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