Cody William Sprague, from Rowan County, North Carolina US, has been charged with having s€xual activity with a dog, local news channel WBTV reports.
Investigators say the case is a disturbing one, with the animal encouraged by its owner to commit s€xual acts on video.
The outlet reports police received information about the alleged offence on April 12 this year.
The 31-year-old has now been charged with committing crimes against nature by The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
In North Carolina, this is a Class One felony under the law identified as N.C. GS 14-177.
The footage is said by investigators to have been sent by Sprague via a video-sending social media platform depicting him and his own dog engaged in a s€xual act.
Sprague’s ex-girlfriend – who has part-ownership of the dog – is understood to have been unaware of the acts being committed in their residence.
The outlet also reports that Sherriff’s deputies said Sprague admitted to his actions and said the accusations brought against him were truthful following an interview with him.
The s€xual acts were performed on Sprague and not on the dog, the report says, which the report in turn claims means the dog was not in distress.
Rowan County Animal Control has been notified of the case and is understood to be conducting its own investigation into the alleged offence.
According to the station, additional charges are expected to arise as the case continues.
His bond is set at $20,000.