From the state that voted for Doug Jones comes an interesting story, the first of this genre that we've seen in some time. [The last one was nearly five years ago: "Zoophilia still practised in Canada and Germany", WWW 20/1/13. You're welcome. Ed.]
Daniel Bennett, age 18, of Irvington AL, is a zoophile. Thanks, Ed., for reminding me of the proper term for someone who loves animals. Mr Bennett's particular love is horses. He really loves them! So much so that he stands accused of having broken into Francine Janes' barn in Mobile County last week. Upon being found by Ms Janes and her husband, Mr Bennett told them that "he likes horses," Ms Janes said. "He wanted to pet the horse."
Ms Janes thought there was a bit more to it than that. She told investigators from the Mobile Co. Sheriff's office she found what she believes to be evidence in her steed's stall several times throughout the month of December. "I would say seven maybe 10 times," she told the local TV station. "Toilet paper had been left. The hay stacks had been removed. Items had been turned over. And that's as far as I want to go."
Walt is pleased to report that the object of Mr Bennett's affections is a mare -- a female horse -- named Polly. Nothing wrong with Daniel... except that the horse is a couple of years older than he is, but I suppose one can't be choosy.
Ms Janes' husband reportedly held Mr Bennett at gunpoint until police arrived. Police reportedly discovered that Bennett had a trench coat with a burglar's tool in it. [No cheap jokes, please. Ed.] He was charged with possession of burglar's tools, sexual misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass. The arrest warrant calls bestiality a misdemeanor, claiming that Mr Bennett "engaged in or submitted to any sexual contact with an animal, to-wit: a horse."
Anyone planning on being in court for Mr Bennett's (scheduled for January 18th) is advised to arrive early. There is a rumor that Judge Roy Moore, not having business elsewhere, is seeking to return to the bench for the occasion.