PINELLAS, FLORIDA: A 36-year-old woman from Safety Harbor and a 39-year-old man from Largo have been arrested and charged with felony crimes because deputies say they had sexual relations with their dog.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says that Christina Calello sexually abused her own dog many times over the course of eight years while her sick boyfriend, Geoffrey Springer, watched and filmed her. The recordings are said to have been put on a flash drive by Springer. The police did not say what kind of sexual acts took place.
Deputies took the dog away from the former couple and took it to a local animal hospital for a routine checkup. Police did not say what kind of dog it was, but they did say that it had no obvious injuries. Calello and Springer were both taken into custody on August 2 and put in the Pinellas County Jail. Jail records from NYPost show that Calello was let out of jail after paying a $5,000 bond.
More prison records show that Calello was picked up and charged with domestic violence in May. Springer, who has never been arrested before, was let go without bail and on his own promise. As of Thursday, the couple had not been given a court date. Investigations are still going on.
In the Sunshine State, being cruel to animals is a misdemeanor of the first degree, which can lead to up to a year in prison. Muscala Law, a law firm, says that people who break the law usually pay a $1,000 fine as well. The Daily Mail says that being sexual with an animal is against the law in most places in the United States, except for Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, and West Virginia, where there are no clear laws against it. Instead, it is called animal abuse.
The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology says that there are no reliable statistics on how many people engage in bestiality. However, research shows that 5–8% of men and 3–4% of women do engage in bestiality.
Abuse of animals is nothing new. It happens every day all over the world, and dogs are especially likely to be the victims. The Irish Sun says that in December 2019, a 29-year-old Irish woman was accused of having a sexual act with a mixed-breed (part Rottweiler) dog at her home. This was similar to what happened in Cork. In June of last year, the case was tried in the Dublin District Court. The Irish woman was called in for a single crime against the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861.