A domestic violence report led to a year-long investigation, ending in the arrest of a couple engaging in beastiality with their dog.
A couple from Aurora, Colo. was arrested for four counts of animal cruelty. Police alleged that Frederick Blue Manzanares, 50, and Janette Eileen Solano, 48, converted a backyard motorhome into a chamber used to have sex with their dog, a Siberian husky mix named Bubba.
Charges brought against Manzanares and Solano included neglect and mistreatment.
Police had been investigating the alleged crime for almost a year, starting in March 2017 after Solano called the Aurora Police Department to report an incident of domestic violence. When an officer met her at a local gas station, Solano informed him that she was leaving Manzanares because he had been pressuring her into having sex with their dog.
Solano confronted Manzanares after she discovered bestiality pictures and videos on their shared laptop. He responded by asking her to keep an open mind. Then, according to the arrest affidavit, he spent the following six months “introducing her to bestiality videos, bestiality forums, as well as providing her different literature on bestiality.”
The homemade chamber included a customized bench with red padding and a dog hormone spray to arouse the dog. Manzanares would take pictures and videos during the sex acts, which the police have now obtained.
Solano also told authorities that Manzanares sent her pictures of Bubba while she was at work, along with text messages such as, “He’s thinking of you. ;)”
The dog was apparently a point of contention for the couple as well, with Solano telling police that she was “somewhat jealous” of Manzanares’ relationship with Bubba.
In an email to the police, she said, “It can easily appear as if I’ve taken a backseat.”
Bestiality is considered animal cruelty, a misdemeanor crime in Colorado. According to the Denver Patch, Manzanares disappeared from the home after Solano made the report, taking the dog with him.
Marc Bekoff, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder said that sex with animals remains a misdemeanor because animals are seen as property under laws and not sentient beings. “While those who practice it don’t believe they are harming the animals, it is abuse,” he said.