LYONS, Ore. (WHAS11 affiliate) -- It is difficult to make out Kevin Parrish's size by looking at his booking photo, but he is 5 foot 11 inches and nearly 200 lbs, and that's what authorities said that alone makes what happened to a little Chihuahua even more shocking.
"I've been in law enforcement for 15 years," Deputy Tom Barber said.
Barber said he has never seen something quite like what happened inside a home at the top of a steep driveway in rural Oregon after Parrish was watching his grandma's dog and it nipped at him.
"The 20-year-old son physically abused the dog with closed fists to the head and actually strangled the dog," Barber said.
Detectives said Parrish then stuffed the dog in an oven, set to a blistering 350 degrees.
"It's sad to hear," Deputy Derrick Ramseyer said. "It's kind of disturbing to know someone would do that."
Parrish's brother arrived home, police said, and interrupted what was unfolding. Parrish's dad then rushed little Kudo to a veterinarian. The 10 lb Chihuahua suffered cuts and bruises to his head. His body hair was singed and three legs burned badly enough Kudo had difficulty standing.
Authorities said such a tragic story can actually teach a valuable lesson.
"Sometimes dogs or animals may frustrate you, but it's like anything else," Ramseyer said. "You let the frustration roll off your shoulder and go about your business and don't take it out on any animal."
Kudo is expected to make a full recovery.
Parrish is charged with one count of aggravated abuse. He is due in court on Tuesday afternoon.