A 51-year-old Portland area man has been arrested on charges of animal abuse and sexually assaulting an animal. Fidel Lopez was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Multnomah County jail.
According to Oregon Live, an investigation began on December 4, 2018. Lopez told Portland police that he and the Lhasa Apso, who belonged to his girlfriend, had been lying in bed when Lopez became upset because the woman wouldn’t respond to his texts and calls. He stated he had been drinking and “out of anger” he sexually assaulted the dog named Estrella, but stated “she seemed fine at the time.”
The dog’s owner later found Estrella hiding under the couch crying and bleeding and rushed the dog to the veterinarian. She told the staff at the veterinarian’s office her fiance had “bestiality tendencies.” In addition, she told the staff her fiance asked her to get a bigger dog.
Tragically, Estrella suffered severe internal injuries and was humanely euthanized. A necropsy performed on the dog revealed Lopez’ s DNA.
Lopez has been charged with suspicion of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and sexual assault on an animal. He remains in jail.
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