Sex Assault on Chihuahua Gets Ex-Convict 10 Years
Robert Edward De Shields must also register as sex offender
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 11:31 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2011 1:35 AM CST
The victim survived following surgery.   (?favitia)

(Newser) – A wheelchair-bound California parolee has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting an eight-month-old Chihuahua. He must also register as a sex offender in what could be the first such requirement in an animal abuse case. Robert Edward De Shields was renting space in a Sacramento house when the homeowners returned to find him with their Chihuahua, Shadow, "in pain and shock," reports the Los Angeles Times. A veterinarian examined the Chihuahua, and discovered the dog had suffered severe damage to its internal organs.

Shadow survived following surgery, according to the Sacramento Bee. The dog is currently being cared for in a foster home. "Shadow is a victim in every sense of the word," the new owner told the judge. The dog is extraordinarily fearful of men, "like many victims of sexual assault," she said, and may never fully recover from its physical wounds. (Click to read another dog story ... with a much happier ending.)

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Dec 29, 2011 1:27 PM CST
Not only do we have to worry about our children from sick people like that, now we have to worry about our puppies getting assulted (THAT WAY)!!!!
Dec 27, 2011 5:22 PM CST
This is beyond sick! Hope the dog will be okay! could of killed it! good thing he is locked up! yep! as soon as the others in prison catch wind of this story.He more than likely will get his! if you know what i mean.What you sow- you reap!
Dec 26, 2011 10:57 PM CST
I thought i'd heard the sickest thing in the world 20 yrs ago when my sis worked as an RN at a Hospital in a big city;....Paramedics brought in a 2 month old baby girl who's male step brother or uncle or step-father (don't remember which) had sex with the little baby (the mom was at work). As fast as they were trying to pump blood back into her little body, it was leaking back out of her genitle area where this male "did his thing". The baby finally died. This DOG thing is just about as shocking. Men who do this sort of stuff (which seems to be a lot) need to have the same pain inflicted on them.