A Wilmington man has pleaded guilty to violating a dog in July 2014.
Jose Vasquez, 47, pleaded guilty to crimes against nature in New Hanover County Superior Court on March 31, according to District Attorney Ben David.
Police responded to a Market Street hotel just after 3 a.m., July 5, 2014, when it was reported that a man engaged in sexual activity with a dog, according to police reports.
Vasquez reportedly approached a man who was in parking lot and asked if the dog at the hotel belonged to him, David said. When the man said the dog was not his, Vasquez took the dog into a vehicle in the parking lot. The owner of the dog—who was vacationing in Wilmington with her boyfriend—approached the man looking for her pet.
He told the woman that a man had taken the dog into a car. When they approached the vehicle, they saw Vasquez engaging in sexual activity with the dog, David said. Vasquez ran from the scene, but was apprehended by police a short time later.
Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Vasquez to eight to 19 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.