An Oregon man who sexually assaulted a small dog in February, causing fatal injuries, was ordered to serve 60 days behind bars.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that after sentencing 52-year-old Fidel Lopez to two months behind bars, the judge said he would have given the man more time if the law allowed it.
“If it could have been more, I would have gladly given you more,” Judge Angel Lopez said, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office press release.
According to Oregon Live, Lopez, who admitted to sexually assaulting the pup, claimed he was in bed with a Lhasa Apso mix named Estrella, while his fiancée was out overnight and wouldn’t return his phone calls. He admitted that while drunk and angry, he sexually assaulted the small dog.
Lopez told police that the pup seemed fine after the incident. Yet, When Lopez’s fiancée arrived home, she found Estrella hiding under the couch, whimpering. When she noticed blood and injuries on the dog, she took her to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, where she asked employees to perform a rape kit on the dog, since Lopez “displayed some potential bestiality tendencies” in the past.
The unnamed woman said Lopez previously asked her if she ever planned to get a larger dog, and exposed himself to Estrella while boasting about watching others have sex with dogs.
Estrella’s injuries after the sexual assault were so brutal that she had to be euthanized. A veterinarian performed a necropsy on the pup, which confirmed the rape and showed presence of Lopez’s DNA in the dog.
Police arrested Lopez and charged him with first-degree aggravated animal abuse and sexual assault of an animal. Since he’s been in jail since his arrest, he’s scheduled for release soon due to credit for time served and absence of other criminal convictions.
“The torture and abuse that Estrella suffered is unimaginable. Under Oregon’s current sentencing guidelines, Fidel Lopez is receiving the maximum sentence based on the amount of time he has already served in custody and his lack of criminal history,” Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic said.
Lopez’s defense lawyer, Joe Calhoun, said his client had a sixth grade education and worked at the same pancake restaurant for more than 20 years.
Lopez is required to undergo mental health testing and participate in a counseling program that teaches compassion for animals. Further, he’s banned from owning any pets for at least 15 years and must pay the dog owner $500.
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