While living in Ohio in 1999, Rahrig allegedly adopted several cats and a puppy from local shelters and tortured them sadistically. He poked out the eyes of a cat named Misty, broke her legs and jaw, cut off her paws, and left her bleeding in a laundry basket. His girlfriend took the cat to an emergency vet, and the cat had to be euthanized due to the extensive nature of her injuries.
Rahrig’s girlfriend turned him in. He was charged with one count of animal abuse, and he took a plea bargain that admitted abuse of only one animal. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (45 of which were suspended), five years probation, and mandatory counseling. Rahrig was forbidden to own an animal for five years, but he was subsequently seen at an adoption event in California, where he relocated.