Moncton man facing bestiality charges
A 29-year-old Moncton man is accused of engaging in sexual activity with dogs.
The RCMP arrested the man Wednesday as part of an investigation conducted with the New Brunswick SPCA.
Officers also executed a search warrant at the man’s Moncton home, where they seized images and other items related to the investigation.
Police say the incidents are alleged to have taken place from January to September 2013. They started investigating after receiving a tip in August.
They also say bestiality cases are extremely rare.
“I have been a police officer for over 13 years and this is only the second case I have heard of in this area,” says Codiac RCMP Const. Damien Theriault.
“This is something that really I don’t think the SPCA has had to deal with very often,” says Hilary Howes of the New Brunswick SPCA.
An animal welfare advocate says while bestiality is covered by the federal Criminal Code, she is looking for improvements at the provincial level.
“Mainly we are working towards stronger animal welfare laws which means people have to know that they can’t walk away with just a slap on their hands,” says Rita Bihr.
The man was released on conditions. He is due to appear in court on Oct. 4 to face charges of bestiality and corrupting morals. CTVNews