The bizarre story and most disturbing arrest of Brittany Angelique Sonnier, 20 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. who has been alleged to have admitted having sexual relations with the family dogs for the past seven years have left her ex-boyfriend and her father deeply disturbed.
Sonnier was arrested on November 21, and charged with bestiality with two medium sized dogs. The charges were later changed to “crimes against nature,” and Sonnier was accused of having had “vaginal and oral sex with two canines.” According to the Huffington Post who broke the story Thursday afternoon, Police Sgt. Joe Harrold was tipped off about Sonnier’s illegal crimes in September by the woman’s ex-boyfriend.
In the police report obtained by the Huffington Post, according to the ex-boyfriend, Sonnier has an 11-month-old child and may be pregnant again.
Zoophilia is a sexual affinity by a human to a non-human animal. Often referred to as bestiality, states and local government make up the laws governing the criminal acts of bestiality. There are 31 states that prohibit sexual contact between humans and animals; of those states only 17 states categorize the act as a felony.
In 2011, the Florida legislature succeeded on the third attempt in passing an anti-bestiality bill, SB344. The subject is so distasteful and offensive, legislatures often try to ignore and do not address this truly, egregious crime.
Perhaps one of the most offensive cases of bestiality and extreme cruelty to animals occurred in March, 2011 when three pit bull puppies named Charity, Faith, and Hope were taken in by a North Carolina animal rescue. The pups were extremely fearful of men and older boys and would cower and huddle together whenever a man approached. At their veterinary examination, the pups were found to have had intestinal perforations as the result of a neighbor’s 13-year-old male teen having had “sex” with the puppies. The puppy named Charity died as a result of her injuries.
A Facebook page dedicated to Charity’s memory continues with the goal of rescuing abandoned, neglected, and abused pit bulls. You can follow the stories of beautiful dogs needing fosters and homes by clicking here.
A court appearance for Sonnier is scheduled for Dec. 5.
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