I had to double-check and make sure I wasn’t reading a news story from West Virginia, but nope, Ohio it is.
I am speaking of course of a case involving 31-year-old Peter Bower. Police have charged him with animal cruelty for allegedly having sex with a dog he adopted recently.
It all started with an anonymous tip, according to authorities. “The tip was allegations about bestiality, sexual conduct with an animal,” said Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan. The tipster even provided links to websites relating to bestiality, where cops reportedly found evidence, including photos, of Bower having sex with multiple animals. The sexual escapades allegedly involved at least three dogs and possibly a horse (or maybe that was simply a pro basketball player).
Investigators moved on with a search warrant at Bower’s apartment and seized his computer. On the computer investigators reportedly found pictures and stories of his sexual rendezvous with his cherished animals. They also found a bestiality book, “Dearest Pet,” and a plastic blow-up sheep.
Bower’s neighbors were a little freaked out by all this, especially since he ran a pet-sitting service. One neighbor recalls Bower offering to walk his dog for free, once learning the man couldn’t afford his services.
Now Bower had a steady live-in companion, Tara, a 3-year-old shepherd mix dog. Investigators went ahead and seized her to, as a veterinarian confirmed the dog suffered vaginal bruising. Tara is now recovering at the local shelter now.
Bower faces two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Investigators said that they would like to charge Bower with more serious offenses but Ohio has no laws regarding bestiality. Bower posted bond within 24 hours of his arrest. He has pleaded innocent to charges will face a pre-trial hearing at the end of July.