Yet another unimaginable act of animal cruelty has occurred, this time in the Myrtle Beach area where a 34-year-old man was arrested Monday for having sex with a pit bull, according to an article published yesterday on the WSPA website.
A woman reported hearing her dog whimpering outside, and went to check on the pit bull. She found her neighbor having sex with the dog.
The man was intoxicated, and police later arrested him at his home.
Sadly, this type of animal abuse is not as uncommon as one might think. The list is long, and includes the following incidents over the past three months. The list is by no means complete.
- Just last week, a Tampa man was arrested for having sex with a pit bull, while neighbors begged him to stop, according to MyFoxNY. Animal control seized eight large pit bulls at the residence when the man was arrested.
- On February 24, News12.com reported that a Dix Hills, N.J. man was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct and aggravated cruelty to animals after he had sex with a dog and then beat it so badly that it had to be euthanized. The dog, a Rottweiler-Lab mix, was stolen from inside a dog pen. The dog had a fractured skull in addition to its other injuries.
- In February, a Lincolnshire man was arrested after his girlfriend found cell phone footage of him having sex with her dog, reported the Huffington Post.
- Also in February, WLFI reported that a Lafayette, Ind. man was arrested after a woman viewed surveillance footage, and saw him engaged in "several sex acts with the dog, including intercourse".
- In January, Huffington Post reported on the arrest of another Florida man, a Papa John's employee, who was caught having sex with the family dog on surveillance footage. The family set up the cameras when the German Shepherd began behaving strangely.
- In December, a Virginia teen was arrested after a neighbor caught him with his pants unzipped having intercourse with a pregnant pit bull, according to WTVR.com.
How do you protect your pet from this kind of abuse, or many other kinds of abuse?
- Don't leave your pet outside unsupervised. Pets are frequently stolen from fenced in yards, dog pens, and even when the pets have just gone outside briefly for a potty break. Keep an eye on your dog!
- If you're leaving your pet with someone, pay attention to any weird vibes you might have. If you are uncomfortable leaving your pet with someone, then don't.
- Pay attention to your pet. If your pet shows swelling or irritation in its genital areas, appears unusually fearful, or has a sudden change in behavior, get your pet checked by a vet.
If it turns out someone is abusing your pet in any way, please report it to police. It may save your pet's life, and the lives of other pets too.
Reporting the abuse may also save human lives. Many animal abusers progress to abusing people, especially children.