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Skip to comments.Man allegedly had sex with guide dog - Tallahasseean charged with breach of peace
Posted on 07/15/2005 8:40:16 AM PDT by deaconjim
Local prosecutors are apparently in a bind: How do they charge a blind Tallahassee man who has been accused of having sex with his Seeing Eye dog?
Florida, like many other states, has no bestiality statute - that is, a law specifically prohibiting sexual contact between humans and animals.
So Alan Yoder, 29, originally was charged with felony animal cruelty, but court records show that charge was dropped last Friday and replaced with a misdemeanor - disorderly conduct.
Yoder now is charged with a "breach of the peace, by engaging in sexual activity with a guide dog," according to a court document.
One of two prosecutors on the case, Assistant State Attorney Owen McCaul, did not return a call Thursday. The other, Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Usina, said she could not answer specific questions, including explaining why the charge was lowered to a misdemeanor.
Yoder, reached by telephone Thursday, declined to be interviewed. James D. Varnado, his attorney, said he has filed a not-guilty plea on his client's behalf but declined to discuss details of the case.
"However lurid the allegations may be, we should resist a rush to judgment," he said.
Here's what happened, according to Tallahassee police reports:
Yoder, who lives in a local apartment complex, last month asked a female acquaintance to join him in a sex act with the dog, a male yellow Labrador named "Lucky."
She demurred, but later told a friend about it. That person called a social worker, who called police.
Investigators spoke to Yoder on June 16, who admitted performing certain sex acts with the dog, even going into detail with them, but denied doing others. He was arrested and booked June 22, charged with animal cruelty.
An animal-control officer took the dog to Dr. Sondra Brown, a veterinarian at Northwood Animal Hospital, who could not determine whether the dog had been sexually abused.
Warren Goodwin, who recently retired after 30 years as an assistant prosecutor, said he could not recall a similar case in Leon County.
Annemarie Lucas, a New York-based special investigator for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said sexual contact with animals "probably happens more than it's actually reported."
Bestiality - illegal in New York state - is "just not a natural thing," she said. "Animals can't consent ... They're probably fearful and in physical pain. It's like any kind of abuse.
"It's a cowardly act," added Lucas, who also appears on "Animal Precinct," a program on the Animal Planet cable-television network. "It's a domination thing, something an animal would never instigate."
Stephanie Shain, spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, said her organization takes a similar position.
"It's doing something to an animal that they have an inability to stop," Shain said.
Last year, an Ocala man pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty after being charged with having sex with his then-fiancee's female Rottweiler, according to the Pet-Abuse.com Web site.
A judge withheld adjudication and ordered five years of probation and a psychological evaluation. He also prohibited the 27-year-old man from "owning pets of any kind while on probation and from having unsupervised contact with other people's pets," the site said.
He wanted to see if he could do it until he went blind.
Hey, as long as they are both consenting adults . . . (yech, I can't believe I am writing this drivil).
The guy or his dog?
Love is blind?
Reading beyond the headline is so tiresome.
How long before the ACLU steps in on his defense?
I've been waiting for our Friday funny story. Looks like this could be it!
And he may be PETA.
Having sex with a Rottweiler? No THERE'S a brave and DEPRAVED man. Ugh.
My word, there mus tbe fodder in here somewhere for a Darwin Award?
As long as it was consensual, who are we to pass judgement? This is just another facet of that myriad dimensional gem of sexuality.
Was the dog at the age of consent? If not file statutory rape charges. If the states do not specify human, you have a case.
The dog is male. Is sodomy still illegal in FL?
I don't see anything amusing in this story. It involves a pervert who owns an animal. The animal is being abused. Why is this funny?
The story is not funny. The responses are. Gheeshh...chill - it's Friday.
puts sheep shagging into perspective.................
Went to bed at two with a ten and woke up at ten with Rin-Tin-Tin......
Montana says: B-a-a-a-a-a-d-d-d-d-d!!!!!!
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