Animal Crimes

Texas Man Charged With Bestiality After Neighbor Catches Him Abusing Dog, Police Say

Philip Samuel Mercon was allegedly caught sexually abusing a dog on Saturday, Bellmead, Texas, police said.

A Texas man became one of the first people to be prosecuted under a new state law banning bestiality after police found him abusing a dog in a neighbor’s backyard, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Officers in Bellmead, TX, arrested Philip Samuel Mercon, 27, after a neighbor called police to report the crime, Bellmead police Lt. Kory Martin told Oxygen.com.

Upon the arrival of the cops, Mercon let go of the dog and tried to make a run for it, but officers caught up with him and booked him on a felony charge of bestiality, and misdemeanor charges of trespassing and evading arrest, police said.

Police notified the owner of the dog — a male mutt, according to the Waco Herald-Tribune — but the dog appeared to be uninjured, Martin said.

He was released Sunday after paying $8,000 bond, according to the Herald-Tribune.

Mercon’s arrest is believed to be one of the first charges of bestiality in the state since September 2017, when Gov. Greg Abbott passed a law making it a felony to have sex with animals, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.

It was not immediately clear if Mercon had secured a defense attorney.

[Photo: McLennan County Sheriff's Office]

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