A one-time horse trainer was arrested by the feds in early March for violating his probation. Douglas Spink is the convicted drug smuggler turned alleged bestiality farm operator who is currently in a Washington prison.
Despite orders to have no direct or indirect contact with animals, officials say Spink had two animals in his possession, including a horse.
Spink was convicted in 2005 for smuggling more than 300 pounds cocaine. After his release to probation officials, he was nabbed in 2010 for allegedly allowing men to have sex with animals at his Washington farm as he watched. He served two years in prison for being around criminal activity, a violation of his parole. He was released in late 2012.
The infamous criminal faces three counts of animal cruelty charges in Whatcom County.
He will first appear in federal court on alleged violations of his parole stemming from his drug case. In addition to the animal violation, he is accused of living at an address different from the one registered with probation, volunteering at Compass Rose Farms, a non-profit that houses animals, and owning computers with internet access, according to a court document.
When Spink’s sex farm was raided, the animals rescued included four stallions. The court awarded possession of a Percheron stallion named Little Joe to the horse’s breeder Charla Wilder. She came forward alleging Spink owed her money for the horse’s purchase price.
The court ordered that the animals not be returned to Spink.
Jefferson County Sheriff Deputy Alex Mintz says Wilder, of Valley View Percherons, returned Little Joe to the alleged sex farm operator after his most recent prison release. Authorities learned about his current possession of the stallion just recently.
We were unable to reach Wilder by phone. Her son says she is by her dying husband’s bedside. Wilder reportedly claims Spink still owes her money for the stallion.
Spink boarded the horse at Wild Rhody Ranch in Port Townsend under the alias Douglas Leconte. The farm’s owner, Marian Gilliland, has been boarding horses for more than 20 years, but says she doesn’t want to be associated with this and will change how she does business. “I am extremely disturbed. I recommend every farm get a criminal background check on every person, including boarders.”
Spink boarded at her barn for almost a year, according to Gilliland, and never did anything inappropriate, other than leaving a large unpaid bill. She described him as a good horseman who taught her daughter riding lessons.
“There is no question in my mind it is hard to know who to trust. Anyone can be nice,” Gilliland says. “If I would have done that [background check] I wouldn’t be in this situation. Hopefully this can help someone else.”
Gilliland says Little Joe is safe and she will ensure he finds a good home.
When the U.S. Marshals, feds, and deputies showed up to arrest Spink he had a dog in his car. “He answered the door wearing the dog’s collar,” says Deputy Mintz.
Spink is scheduled to appear in federal court on March 27th to answer for his alleged probation violations. His probation officer recommends that his probation be revoked and that he spend another two years in prison, according to documents.