Another Florida man was arrested Tuesday and charged with animal cruelty after neighbors reported seeing him sexually abusing an 8-month-old puppy on his front porch, according to a report yesterday in the International Business Times. The 61-year old Daytona Beach man, James Bull, is being held in the Volusia County Jail on $15,000 bond on multiple charges, including a felony.
The police report details the abuse; suffice it to say that it is graphic and not suitable for a family audience.
The neighbors reported that on multiple occasions they heard the dog crying and whimpering through the walls when she was inside with Bull. They said the dog remained calm when it was alone on the front porch.
Police reported that the dog was chained on the front porch of the home, and was severely emaciated. The puppy is receiving treatment for his injuries, which clearly showed the nature of the abuse.
Especially concerning is this comment: "Neighbors claimed it wasn’t the first time the man had abused his dog, which was only described as an 8-month-old female light brown mix." There is no indication why this was not stopped and reported by the witnesses the first time it happened. Sadly, far too often incidents such as this are only uncovered when someone witnesses and reports the crime.
It seems like almost every day there are new reports of sexual abuse of animals. This is very disturbing. Multiple research has shown that most serial killers and many other abusers have a history of abusing animals.
There may be a little justice though. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who have sex with animals are twice as likely to develop cancer of the penis as men who remain within their own species. Treatment for that disease usually includes amputation of the diseased organ. That may be a little late for the animals they sexually abused, but better late than never.