Remember the good old days when a man who said he had "sex with a dog" was simply a misogynist with low standards?
As a husband, son, and brother to three sisters, I hardly condone speaking derisively of women. Yet, it's hard to compare harsh words with the sexual abuse of an animal.
The latest case starts with a woman from West Virginia, who went to her friend's house in Farmington to drop something off, when she noticed the door open.
In the kitchen, she allegedly saw 26-year-old Christopher Bagwell forcing himself on her friend's male Australian shepherd border collie mix.
Bagwell's pants were pulled down, and the poor dog was on a chair, "making an awful sound like it was in pain," according to a police report quoted in the Charleston Daily Mail.
Police say Bagwell entered the house as a burglar, and ransacked the place. What made him turn his attentions to the dog? We may never know.
I didn't think incidents of human-canine sexual relations would occur so frequently when I first reported the case last year of Diane Sue Whalen, an Oklahoma woman who allegedly sold homemade tapes of herself having sex with dogs.
Then, in April, we had the arrest of Caroline Willette, a 53-year-old woman also charged with starring in self-produced pooch porn.
I made the point then that Willitte was not charged with bestiality because, like 15 other states, Florida does not specifically ban this hideous crime -- and that's something state lawmakers are looking to change.
Shortly after, in early May, Oregon police arrested 20-year-old Brandon Vongthongthrip on 200 counts of animal sexual assault, after he allegedly admitted to five years of sex with his pet Pit Bull Rocky.
Perhaps more disturbing was the case of Bradley Brainard, a 49-year-old plumber from Atascadero, Calif., arrested after police found video of him "on a bed, naked, wearing a woman's brassiere" while performing oral sex on a chocolate Labrador.
In what could be the understatement of the year, Brainard told the San Luis Obispo Tribune, "It's something I got into that I never should have gotten into."
Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Dept.
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