The BC SPCA launched an investigation into 38-year-old Brian Cutteridge after a veterinarian alerted the society about an infection the man’s dog had. The SPCA then seized three of Cutteridge’s dogs as well as home videos.
Marcie Moriarty, the head of the BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department, says although this is the first bestiality case for her organization, the crime is not uncommon.
“Unfortunately, bestiality is more common than we’d like to think, but it’s sometimes harder to find evidence and get a conviction,” Moriarty said.
The BC SPCA says Cutteridge wrote a paper arguing the prohibition of zoophilia – or sex between humans and animals – is unconstitutional.
The author writes, “Laws which criminalize zoophilia based on societal abhorrence of such acts rather than any real harm caused by such acts are an unjust and unconstitutional infringement on individual liberty.”
Moriarty maintains that sex between people and animals is abuse under the criminal code.
“He can argue it’s his lifestyle choice and his right, but in Canada it is an illegal act. It actually does have implications to the animal,” she said.
CTV News was unable to reach Brian Cutteridge, who is scheduled to appear before a judge next month to set a trial date.
The allegations have not been proven in court and Cutteridge is presumed innocent.