SANTA MONICA (CNS) – Actor Andrew Bryniarski, who played a steroid-using football player in the 1993 movie “The Program,” was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty for allegedly hoarding dogs, police said today.
Bryniarski, 43, and girlfriend Jennifer Abram, 34, were arrested in the 2300 block of Third Street, in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood, about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Santa Monica police and broadcast reports.
Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis both were booked on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty and released, pending court appearances.
Someone complained to police about dogs barking in a motor home, Lewis said. Arriving police found the door to the motor home ajar and saw “several stacks of dog kennels with multiple dogs in each kennel,” Lewis said, adding that it reeked of urine. He said responding officers could not see if they had food or water.
About that time, Bryniarski and Abram walked up, along with several dogs, Lewis said. Police arrested them, and 25 dogs were seized by animal welfare officials, Lewis said.
Bryniarski appeared in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” in 2006, and most recently appeared in the “Chopper” TV series, according to IMDb.
According to TMZ, police got “multiple tips from a concerned neighbor who constantly heard the sound of crying dogs coming from (the actor’s) pad.”