News 8 – An Arkansas man is charged with conspiracy to commit bestiality and solicitation of an animal after posting an ad on Craigslist offering his goat Muffin for “services.” Baxter County Sheriff’s Department tracked down 48-year-old Hubert Dempsey in an undercover sting operation which is trying to limit the exploitation of animals on the Internet site.
Cops arranged to meet Dempsey and his goat after they told him what kind of ‘things’ they were into in regards to the animal. After agreeing on a location, they show up to the hotel where Dempsey was ready to hand over Muffin for 30 minutes. After the undercover cop handed over the negotiated fee of $350, undercover agents took down Dempsey. The goat was taken to a local veterinarian, where they later discovered the animal was blind and disabled.
In a recorded confession at the police station, Dempsey admitted to making over $100,000 with the nearly 300 arranged ‘play dates’ with the disabled, blind animal. “I captured this goat on the side of the road two years ago,” Dempsey admitted in his recorded confession. “People love goats. I had several of my friends pay me to have some alone time with Muffin. Then I figured, why not make an online business out of it. Muffin didn’t seem to mind. I don’t see how I did anything wrong. I wanted it, they wanted it, Muffin wanted it…. we were all willing parties in the transaction.”
But Dempsey did do something wrong. Bestiality has been illegal in Arkansas since 2005, and the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department has investigated several Craigslist animal sex cases over the past three years. “Animal meet ups seem to be the new go to thing when it comes to men that are shy with women,” said Lieut. Brian Washington. “There seems to be a lot of money in it.”
Muffin the goat was treated for tears and lesions on his anus, but is said to be doing fine. He is currently up for adoption.