Alleged Coupeville dog killer charged

A Coupeville man accused of killing a dog with a pickax and threatening his mother with a chainsaw could face up to 30 months in prison if convicted, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Jonathan P. Rasmussen in Island County Superior Court Aug. 30 with assault in the second degree, animal cruelty in the first degree while armed with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm. All the counts were charged as domestic-violence related.

The standard sentencing range for animal cruelty in the first degree is from zero days to a year in jail, but the firearm enhancement could add 18 months on top of that.

Rasmussen is being held in jail on $100,000 bail.

On Aug. 27, Rasmussen is accused of threatening to cut his mother’s head off with a chainsaw at the home they share in rural Coupeville, court documents allege. He allegedly grabbed a chainsaw and tried to start it, but it was out of gas.

Later in the day, Rasmussen went to his sister’s nearby house, where he became enraged at his mother’s Bernese mountain dog for killing a neighbor’s chicken.

Rasmussen allegedly beat the dog with a pickax before shooting the animal with .22 rifle.

More in News

WhidbeyHealth decreasing its costs to patients

Prices reduced about one-third for physical therapy, other services

Fee puts districts in quite a pickle

Paying to play stirs up a racket with parks commissioners

Education about whales boosted by license plate

Orca Network receives $3,000 grant

Judge orders mental evaluation for suspect

A South Whidbey man with “deteriorating” mental health problems is accused of… Continue reading

Need ideas for book lovers?

Librarians offer gift suggestions for all ages, interests

Robert and June Sebo Health Education Center opens

Former longtime Whidbey Island Sebo’s Do-it-Center owner Bob Sebo returned to Whidbey… Continue reading

Disaster planning meeting is Tuesday

‘Be prepared’ emphasis of new response network

Garden Club grant proposals due Feb. 1

Nonprofits encouraged to apply to beautify, protect or teach about plants

Pipe bomb found after traffic stop

Police discovered a pipe bomb, an illegal rifle, other guns and a… Continue reading

Most Read