Rhode Island man charged with sexually abusing dog

Officials say the dog has been placed with a foster family and is doing "very well."

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been charged with sexual abuse of a dog.

Lincoln police and the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say 38-year-old Michael Woodhead is charged with felony abominable and detestable crime against nature and misdemeanor unnecessary cruelty to animals.

Both organizations started investigating the Lincoln man after receiving a complaint in February regarding the female dog. Police say during a search of his home at the time they made some “disturbing observations.”

Woodhead was released on personal recognizance after a court appearance Wednesday. His attorney, Neal Steingold, tells The Providence Journal his client denies the charges and there is “another side to this story.”

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The RISPCS says the dog has been placed with a foster family and is doing “very well.”