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Having sex with a dog is animal cruelty. Keep that in mind, Eugene Hickman.
Hickman, 54, was reported to authorities after his grandson saw that he was naked and trying to have sex with the family dog, a 3-year-old female bulldog.
Seriously? So, not only was Hickman abusing an animal, but he inflicted his poor grandson with images that will likely haunt him for a good, long while.
Hickman was arrested and charged with a count of animal cruelty, which is a third-degree felony. He told police that he tried to have sex with the dog. The dog is scheduled to be examined by a vet and has been turned over to animal control, reports the Examiner.
Okay, so most people know that bestiality is wrong.
And, Florida has actually recently passed an anti-bestiality lawsuit, which would likely go into effect in October.
In all honesty, it does not matter as much whether or not there is a specific anti-bestiality lawsuit on the books for someone like Hickman to be charged with a crime or a misdemeanor from their mistreatment of animals.
In Hickman's case, he was charged with animal cruelty, and in most states having sex with an animal would fit under the animal cruelty umbrella.
Though Florida's anti-bestiality law may be fresh on the books, about 30 states have codified anti-bestiality statutes. Many of the statutes are old and have been enacted for years.
Many of the new anti-bestiality laws also have another component to them - the psychological treatment of the perpetrators. Having sex with a dog, like in Eugene Hickman's case, often signifies that there is something mentally wrong with the perpetrator. And, one can only hope that some counseling can go a long way.
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