Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Man who had sex with dog won't be charged because of unusual reason

CLEARWATER — The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office has declined to pursue a charge of animal cruelty under the state's new bestiality law against a man accused of having oral sex with a dog.

Clearwater police began investigating 29-year-old Eric Antunes earlier this year when they received a tip that he possessed child pornography.

Investigators searched his computer and said they found child pornography, but also six photos of Antunes performing sexual acts with Ruby, a three-legged dog that belongs to his girlfriend, Katerina Williamson.

Antunes had worked as a contract employee at the Pinellas County Humane Society and Williamson was medical director there. She left that post days after Antunes was arrested.

In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed a bill outlawing bestiality by a vote of 115-0. But it turns out there is a gap in the law: It doesn't cover oral sex with an animal.

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