A Highland Park lawyer faces two dozen charges for allegedly having sex with his yellow Labrador retriever named Snoopy, according to a criminal complaint filed against him Wednesday.
Here’s the scoop from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Ivan DeVoren, of Highland Park, faces 10 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and drug charges in connection to the alleged activity, which Pittsburgh police say occurred over several days in January.
Mr. DeVoren’s neighbor heard strange noises coming from Mr. DeVoren’s apartment on Azimuth Court multiple times between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 and reported the noises to police, according to a criminal complaint.
The neighbor, who was not identified by name in court records, heard grunting, creaking furniture, a dog whimpering and several exclamations from Mr. DeVoren that led the neighbor to believe Mr. DeVoren was having sex with his dog.
Police obtained a search warrant for the home on Feb. 1 and found crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the complaint.
Officers took the dog, named Snoopy, away from Mr. DeVoren.
Mr. DeVoren has been an attorney since 1990, according to state records. He specializes in environmental law and previously was a partner at Burleson LLP, a Houston-based energy law firm that shut down in 2015.
He could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in City Court, Downtown, on March 1.
Snoopy remained in the care of a local veterinarian on Wednesday.
Here’s more from Tribune Live:
The witness reported hearing “frequent and consistent” noises, including grunting, a dog whimpering, creaking furniture and “sex sounds,” police wrote. The neighbor began documenting each time he heard the encounters: Four times on Jan. 29 and twice on each of the next three days.
Police obtained a search warrant Feb. 1 and seized dog bedding and sheets from the apartment on Azimuth Court. They also found crack cocaine in plain view, according to the complaint.
A humane officer took custody of Snoopy, police wrote, and a later exam showed injuries to the dog’s colon.
This sadistic man should be put away for a long, long time for this. To hurt a defenseless animal is inexcusable, and it doesn’t matter if he was high on drugs or not. Hopefully, someone will adopt Snoopy and give him a loving home where he doesn’t have to worry about being abused anymore.
What is wrong with people?
How much time does he deserve?