Doug Spink Charged with Animal Cruelty

Doug Spink Charged with Animal Cruelty

Update December 8, 2012

Recently released from federal prison, former animal-sex farm operator Douglas Spink faces charges of animal cruelty.

Spink was nabbed by Whatcom County Sheriff Deputies on November 23 for failing to appear in court – but his jail stay was short lived. The one time trainer of the Holsteiner show jumper Capone I is back on the streets in Washington state after posting $5,000 bond Tuesday.

He is charged with three counts of first degree animal cruelty according to the clerk of the court. Whatcom County Prosecutor Eric Richey did not return our call regarding the case.

The charges stem from the 2010 raid on Spink’s backwoods compound. The findings described as “bizarre” by authorities, included videos of men having sex with Spink’s dogs. Dogs, horses, and mice were seized from the property. The mice could not be saved. The dogs were neutered, the horses were gelded, and were placed with rescues to be rehabbed from the abuses they endured.

Spink was arrested and charged with violating the terms of his probation – he was convicted in 2005 for drug trafficking. A judge sentenced Spink to three years in the pen and two years probation for the violation.

Spink remains on probation and is scheduled to be arraigned on December 7.
Note: Capone I found his happy ending. His owner Corinne Super, of Canada, has him back and he is winning in the show ring with Kyle King.
Update: Douglas Spink was arraigned December 7 in Whatcom County. Prosecutors are seeking to ban Spink for life from owning animals if convicted. He contests Washington’s bestiality law calling it a “witch hunt.”

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