Animal cruelty charges withdrawn against man accused of having sex with his dog

By Amanda Klein | January 21, 2019

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has dropped animal cruelty charges against a Pittsburgh attorney that were filed in March alleging he had sex with his dog.

According to a criminal complaint, a neighbor told police that he heard sounds coming from 62-year-old Ivan Devoren’s apartment in Highland Park that he believed were the result of Devoren having sex with his yellow lab “Snoopy.”

The neighbor told police that he heard sounds which he described as “constant whimpering of a dog” and “sex sounds” coming from Devoren’s apartment several times in January, according to a court document.

On Feb. 1 after obtaining a search warrant, police seized Snoopy along with his bedding from Devoren’s apartment. Police also found cocaine during the search.

A veterinarian who examined Snoopy said that the dog had injuries to his anus, rectum and colon that were caused by repeated trauma, the court document said. However, according to Devoren’s attorney, a second veterinarian said Snoopy was not sexually abused.

Devoren was charged with 10 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and drug charges.

A spokesman with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office said Snoopy is now with a foster family and is “healthy and happy.”

“We offered to withdraw the animal charge in order to have him surrender the dog to the foster family,” he said.

On  Jan. 11 Devoren pleaded guilty to the drug charges along with charges of discharging a firearm and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to four years of probation. While on probation he is not allowed to have any animals or possess a firearm.

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