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no jail time, no ban on pets for white male guilty of having sex with his dog

Brian Cutteridge, 38, of Vancouver has been charged with bestiality. Feb. 25, 2012. (CTV)Brian Cutteridge, 38, of Vancouver was been charged with bestiality in February 2012. (CTV)

Brian Cutteridge, 38, of Vancouver has been charged with  bestiality.

A Vancouver man who pleaded guilty to having sex with his pet Rottweiler will  not recieve any jail time and will only be banned from owning female dogs,  provincial court ruled Tuesday.

Brian Anthony Cutteridge, 38, pleaded guilty bestiality, a charge that comes  with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Brian Cutteridge pleaded guilty to having sex with his dog on Oct. 2, 2012. (CTV)

Brian Cutteridge pleaded guilty to having sex with his dog on Oct. 2, 2012.

 

The judge handed down a suspended sentence and three years’ probation with  conditions that include a ban on owning female dogs, providing a list of all  animals he owns and monthly SPCA inspections.

Cutteridge was charged with bestiality in February after his veterinarian  approached the SPCA with concerns about an infection one of his dogs was  suffering from.

His trial was set to begin last week, but the case was adjourned after  prosecutors announced they anticipated a guilty plea in the case.

The SPCA investigated Cutteridge and seized three of his dogs. Marcie  Moriarty, the agency’s manager of cruelty investigations, said two of the dogs  have since been adopted while one was put down.

“Unfortunately one of them was suffering from an untreatable medical  condition and it was decided that the most humane thing was to put him down,” Moriarty told CTV News last week.

The dog’s medical condition had nothing to do with the allegations against  Cutteridge, she added.

The SPCA says Cutteridge has written papers and posted comments online  defending zoophilia, arguing that prohibiting sex between humans and animals is  unconstitutional.

Brian Cutteridge, 38, of Vancouver has been charged with bestiality. Feb. 25, 2012. (CTV)

CTV News found one online posting by a Brian Anthony Cutteridge titled “For  the Love of Dog: On the Legal Prohibition of Zoophilia in Canada and the United  States.”

The author wrote, “Laws which criminalize zoophilia based on societal  abhorrence of such acts rather than any real harm caused by such acts are an  unjust and unconstitutional infringement on individual liberty.”

The SPCA’s position is that bestiality is harmful to animals and should  remain illegal.

Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/no-jail-time-no-ban-on-pets-for-man-guilty-of-bestiality-1.980382#ixzz28GniKuNh

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