A former horse trainer turned alleged bestiality farm operator was sentenced to 9-months in prison on Friday. Douglas Spink was nabbed by the feds in March for allegedly violating conditions of his probation stemming from a federal drug conviction.
Spink admitted to residing at a non-approved residence, volunteering at Compass Road Farms, which placed him in direct contact with animals, and owning computers with internet access.
Spink denied being in possession of a dog, although authorities removed a Caucasian Mountain dog from his car at the time of his arrest. Spink’s mother, Claire Spink, made contact with authorities trying to get the dog back to “find it a good home,” according to police records.
Spink’s possession of the Percheron stallion Little Joe, at the time of his arrest, is detailed in police records, but is never mentioned in sentencing documents.
Assistant United States Attorney Steven Masada states in documents that Spink “remains defiant toward the rules imposed upon him… His remarkable efforts to deceive and defy … are perhaps only overshadowed by his attempts to inaccurately portray himself as a victim of circumstance.”
Spink’s defense attorney requested a sentence of time served. “A below the guideline sentence is appropriate for Mr. Spink because he has already served 36 months in federal prison. Douglas, by his nature bridles at attempts to force him, a square peg, into a round hole.”
He also clarified Spink is not a sex offender. “He did not refuse treatment. The sexual deviancy expert found that there is no treatment for him.” The judge denied the defense’s request and sentenced Spink to 9-months in prison and remanded him to federal custody.
Spink was convicted in 2005 for smuggling more than 300 pounds cocaine. After his release, he was pinched in 2010 for allegedly allowing men to have sex with animals at his Washington farm. The seizure included four stallions, dogs, and mice. He served two years in prison for being around criminal activity, a violation of his parole. He was released in late 2012.
Once Spink is released from the prison’s walls he will not return to probation. Masada writes he agrees with the probation office “that ongoing supervision is futile and an ineffective use of limited judicial resources.”
Spink will head to trial in Whatcom County to answer for three counts of animal cruelty, upon his release.