Three Pit bull puppies were sexually molested and abused in North Carolina. Metal screws and other foreign objects were placed in their rectums causing intestinal perforations. Charity has since died of her injuries.
Hope and Faith are in rescue but are still emotionally vulnerable. They have had four surgeries each so far, due to the injuries. The plight of these three innocent pups - the abuse happened when they were 6 weeks old - has spurred a desire for new laws.
Currently, only 17 states make bestiality a felony. They are: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
The remaining states do not address bestiality as a crime against animals. They are: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Montana, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. Some of those states do consider it a misdemeanor if pornography or a minor child is involved.
Evidently, the fact that animals are possessions under the law does not allow for compassion toward the actual abuse victim -- the animal -- regarding bestiality. While statistics indicate about one percent of animal abuse cases involve bestiality, the heinous nature of this act is one that needs addressing at a federal level.
More importantly, bestiality should be considered a felony - NOT a misdemeanor - and carry appropriate mandatory prison sentencing.