A Vancouver man has avoided jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday to a bestiality charge for having sex with his two dogs.
Brian Cutteridge, 38, was handed a suspended sentence and three years probation.
The former veterinary office worker is to provide a list of all animals he owns, to allow the B.C. SPCA to come to his home for monthly inspections, and to not own, possess or care for any female dogs.
The offence relates to multiple incidents of sexual activity involving two female dogs, a rottweiler and a golden retriever, from 1998 to 2005.
“We’re definitely pleased that he pled guilty because he has been outspoken in his support of decriminalizing bestiality,” said Marcie Moriarty, head of the B.C. SPCA’s cruelty investigations department.
But Moriarty feels that the sentence is a “little light” and the association was hoping for a lifetime ban on Cutteridge owning or caring for female dogs.
Cutteridge was arrested in July 2010 after the B.C. SPCA and RCMP searched his home in 100 Mile House where they found and seized video of Cutteridge engaging in sexual acts with two dogs that have since died from unrelated causes.
The investigation into Cutteridge’s alleged activities began in 2010 after authorities were tipped off by a veterinarian concerned about the physical condition of another dog he owned.
In a joint submission by Crown and defence, prosecutor David Simpkin said there was no evidence that any acts of bestiality happened after 2005 and Cutteridge caused no physical harm to the two female dogs — named Kalle and Diana.
In an online paper, Cutteridge has also expressed that the laws that condemn zoophilia, or sex between humans and animals, are “logically incoherent” and “inherently unjust.”