A Florida man who was caught by his wife on surveillance camera having sex with his family’s pet Chihuahua has been jailed.
Marc Ramon Gonzalez, from Palm Beach, Florida, was caught abusing the tiny dog by his wife after she examined security camera footage and saw, to her horror, her husband abusing the unnamed Chihuahua near the patio door.
Gonzalez pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and sexual activity with an animal and got 100 days in jail along with 12 months’ probation, The Daily Mail reports, citing the county clerk’s office. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Marc Ramon Gonzalez, 61, from Palm Beach County, will serve 100 days in prison for animal cruelty and sexual activity with an animal.
Gonzalez, who shared his home with his wife and three young children, would often go out into the family’s backyard.
A police report about the incident, in November 2013, featured testimony from a dog expert who said that the Chihuahua was continually in an uncomfortably submissive posture, holding his head and ears down while Gonzalez abused him and touched himself.
Once she saw the footage, Gonzalez’s wife rushed outside and confronted her husband.
The dog, who bore signs of physical trauma after the abuse, unsuccessfully attempted to escape on multiple occasions and “did not like what was happening”.
2. Though Florida did not have a law against bestiality for many years, sexual activity with an animal and animal cruelty are both first degree misdemeanors (dog similar to the one abused).
Gonzalez initially pleaded not guilty before eventually striking a deal with the prosecutors.
Sexual activity with an animal is a first degree misdemeanor in Florida, where it is punishable by up to a year in prison or a $1,000 fine.
Animal cruelty is also a first degree misdemeanor and is also punishable by a year in prison or up to a $5,000 fine.
Cruelty that “results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering” is, in contrast, a third degree felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Capt. Dave Walesky, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, told WPEC:
We wish there was stronger laws. We wish people would immediately go to jail and stay there.
It just doesn’t make sense why people do things like that. There’s no reason to justify something like that.
According to Pet-Abuse.com, Florida is the number one state for animal abuse crimes.
Florida finally passed a law banning bestiality in 2011. As of early last year, 12 states and the District of Columbia still did not have specific laws against bestiality, according to AL.com.
3. Marc Ramon Gonzalez was arrested after his wife caught him sexually abusing the family’s pet Chihuahua.
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