2023 Author: Steven Freeman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 15:22
An Oregon man will have to spend 60 days behind bars for sexually abusing a dog in an attack that left the dog so injured that it had to be euthanized.
Fidel Lopez, 52, was sentenced Monday by a Multnomah County judge who gave him the longest possible sentence. "If it could be more, I would have gladly given him a [higher] sentence," exclaimed magistrate Ángel López, who also imposed a 3-year probation on the subject once he completed his sentence.
The puppy in question was a mixture of the lhaso apso breed and was called Estrella. The pet was owned by a friend of the defendant who, suspecting that something was wrong with him, took her to check out the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland. The animal was so injured that it had to be euthanized.
On November 18, a forensic examination determined that the animal had been sexually abused. Lopez was quickly identified as the possible suspect in the case, which he admitted to investigators, according to the KOIN-6 station in Portland.
The pet owner gave his support to the police process and investigations.
In court this Monday Lopez pleaded "guilty" to aggravated mistreatment of an animal and sexual assault of an animal.
"This case was prosecuted to its fullest extent under Oregon law," said Nicole Jergovic, the assistant district attorney for Multnomah County.
In addition to his conviction, the subject received a $ 500 fine and a court order that prevents him from adopting or owning a dog in 15 years, plus he must undergo treatment for those who have been convicted of animal abuse.
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