Week of 5/15/2017
A West Virginia man was recently charged with animal cruelty after the dog he allegedly raped had to be euthanized because her injuries were untreatable.
Victor Zandlo’s dog Grace was brought to Wyoming County Paw Patrol on May 3, then transferred to Washington Area Animal Adoption Group in Virginia. Grace had to be euthanized because veterinarians were unable to save her. I can’t find a mugshot of Zandlo, but I found a shot of his “work.” A photo of Grace’s injuries is on Facebook; it seems the most graphic part of the photo has been redacted, yet even in its “sanitized” state, the photo is still pretty disturbing.
If he hadn’t injured his dog in such an obvious way, Mr. Zandlo would still be free to rape dogs whenever he pleases. That’s because like Kentucky, West Virginia has no criminal law prohibiting bestiality. So unless the victim has obvious physical injuries, no crime has been committed and no one can be prosecuted. The Humane Society of the United States is providing support to WV prosecutors. More on this case when details become available.
Also, an Ohio woman depicted in a viral video performing sex acts on a dog was sentenced under a city bestiality ordinance. Before animal rape became a crime in Ohio, the City of Warren enacted its own bestiality ban. Amber Finney recently pled no contest to one count of engaging in sexual conduct with animals. Judge Terry Ivanchak suspended two thirds of Finney’s 180-day sentence, and credited the 33 days she had already served.