Six recent Mt. Shasta arrests include man who dragged dog behind vehicle

As compiled from Mt. Shasta PD/Facebook

MT. SHASTA, Calif., — Mt. Shasta Police Department reports that over the last two weeks, from Oct. 2 through Oct. 16, officers responded to 355 calls for service that resulted in twenty-eight new cases and six arrests.

Comparatively, during the prior two week period the department responded to 337 calls for service that resulted in thirty-one new cases and thirteen arrests, while the two week period before that saw officers respond to 330 calls for service that resulted in twenty-one new cases and ten arrests.


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Public contacts resulting from 911 calls, self-initiated patrol activities, and other investigations over the last two weeks ended with arrests for a variety of mostly minor crimes such as public intoxication, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer, and vandalism, as well as out-of-county warrants.

One notable arrest that infuriated residents and animal lovers throughout the North State region involved a 74-year-old Mt. Shasta man who allegedly dragged a dog behind his vehicle, causing injuries to the canine Saturday morning, Oct. 2. 

According to officials the suspect, Donald Lee Jost, “was driving his vehicle while dragging the dog for over 45 minutes.”

Officials at the time did not specify if the dog’s dragging was intentional or accidental; and the dog, which suffered bloodied paws, exhaustion, and dehydration, was taken into custody by the Siskiyou Humane Society and was receiving ongoing treatment at the Mt. Shasta Animal Hospital for its injuries.

Officials also did not specify the type of vehicle the dog was dragged behind or how fast Jost was traveling during the 45 minutes that the dragging was reported to have occurred.

Jost was ultimately arrested was booked into Siskiyou County Jail on felony animal abuse and animal cruelty charges.

Those arrested over the last two weeks include: 

  • On October 2, 2021 74-year-old Donald Lee Jost was arrested for animal abuse.
  • On October 2, 2021 43 year-old Michael Lawrence Simons was arrested for disturbing the peace.
  • On October 09, 2021 27-year-old Zachary Glenn Kardy was arrested for public intoxication.
  • On October 12, 2021 54-year-old Rafael Scott Navarro was arrested on an outside warrant.
  • On October 15, 2021 27-year-old Denessa Rae Kuykendall was arrested for vandalism, obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct, and possessing and open container while driving.
  • On October 15, 2021 32-year-old Trevor Jett Hanson was arrested for disturbing the peace.


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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.