Guilty plea expected in Vancouver bestiality case 0
Brian Cutteridge. (Facebook screengrab)
A Vancouver man who had his three dogs seized as part of a BC SPCA investigation is expected to plead guilty to a bestiality charge next Tuesday.
Brian Anthony Cutteridge, 38, is expected back in B.C. Supreme Court on Oct. 2, and sentencing could be expected the same day. A Crown lawyer said after an appearance Monday they wouldn't be asking for jail time.
The case alleges sexual acts were performed on animals formerly in Cutteridge's possession. Two of the dogs - a German Shepherd and an American Staffordshire Terrier - have been adopted through the SPCA. The third, a Doberman, was euthanized because of untreatable medical conditions.
Investigators were tipped off in spring 2010 by a veterinarian about the condition, such as trauma or infections around the genital region, of at least one canine.
He was arrested and had his animals seized in July that year, subsequently being released on bail in late 2010 on numerous conditions. These include a prohibition on owning any animals, living at any property with animals and working anywhere that deals with animals regularly, among other rules.
"Now he's (going to) plead guilty, we're pleased," SPCA's Marcie Moriarty said Monday.
The former pet-hospital worker's Facebook profile identifies him as a Langley high school graduate who went on to the University of B.C. The profile describes him as, "A natural-born philosopher with particular interests in ethics, law and religion."
He also is seen cuddling with one of his dogs in numerous pictures.
Listed under Cutteridge's political views, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau is quoted, "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. What happens in private between consenting adults does not concern the criminal code."
Cutteridge's lawyer couldn't be reached for comment.