Man gets 5 years in prison for sexually abusing dog, officials say

State Attorney's Office says plea kept case from going to trial

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Daytona Beach man convicted for sexually battering his dog was sentenced to five years in prison.

James Bull, 62, entered a plea that kept his case from going to trial on four charges, according to the state attorney's office. He was charged with felony animal cruelty and sexual activities involving animals.

Allegations of the sexual abuse came from Bull's neighbors, who told police the dog had been chained to the front porch of Bull's home.

According to statements made by witnesses, the dog seemed emaciated and exhibited signs of physical sexual abuse, officials said.

The dog in the custody of an animal rescue.

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