A Redmond man accused of attempting to kill a puppy by slitting its throat is now suspected of also engaging in acts of bestiality.
As the SeattlePI.com reported today, Michael C. Heyes, 25, was committed to a mental institution in late July after he allegedly attempted to kill a 17-week-old puppy. Redmond Police responded to a veterinarian clinic early on July 23 for a disturbance and found Heyes holding the severely injured puppy, which spokesman Jim Bove said was "hemorrhaging pretty badly."
The puppy ended up surviving the incident and has subsequently been placed in another home, along with Heyes' two other dogs and one cat, Bove said.
In the weeks that followed, Heyes' family members allegedly uncovered videos of him engaging in acts of bestiality with dogs, according to the PI. Bove said police served a search warrant on Heyes' phone and are still investigating the results that were returned earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Heyes is facing charges of first-degree animal cruelty for the alleged attack against the puppy. He has a history of mental illness and was held for 90 days at Western State Hospital, according to the PI, but Bove said it appears as though he has since been released.
Police have had interactions with Heyes in the past regarding his drug use, Bove said, but the new allegations take things a step further. “This is the first time that anything has surfaced as far as violence,” he said.
More information on the case is available on SeattlePI.com.