Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

San Mateo man enters plea in domestic violence, dog killing case

Josiah Fowler. Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Department.

Josiah Fowler. Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.

A San Mateo man pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor domestic violence and felony animal cruelty after he allegedly hit his male partner and killed a dog.

Josiah Fowler, 25, had been dating the other man since January and the two lived together, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office.

On September 14, the victim checked himself into a hospital because he was afraid of Fowler “due to domestic violence incidents months earlier and ongoing fear,” prosecutors said in a summary of the case.

The victim said that Fowler had hit him in February and that in August, Fowler had been angry at him and “beat their dog,” hit the dog against a dresser, “and then threw it down stairs, killing the dog.”

Later, the man said, he and Fowler had “buried the dog in a cemetery” next to the victims’ parents grave, prosecutors said.

Fowler said the dog had been “a source of great tension” in the relationship and things were “much better” with the dog gone, according to prosecutors.

The DA’s office said the dog was a small terrier that Fowler had brought when he moved from Los Angeles.

At the September 25 hearing, Superior Court Judge Leland granted prosecutors’ motion to reduce the domestic violence charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Fowler could be sentenced to 16 months in county prison at his next appearance, which is set for November 10. Prosecutors had sought two years. Fowler is in custody on $75,000 bail.

Defense attorney Randy Hey didn’t respond to an interview request.

The victim didn’t respond to a Facebook message from the Bay Area Reporter.

Deputy District Attorney Sean P. Dabel is prosecuting the case.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 30, 2015 @ 5:18 pm PST
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