According to “Defense of Animals,” which operates Hope Animal Sanctuary and the Justice for Animals Campaign in Mississippi, a grand jury indicted Michael Edward Bobbitt and Christy Bobbitt on charges of bestiality, sexual assault, and aggravated animal cruelty.
Four dogs were removed from the Bobbitts’ property and taken to In Defense of Animals Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada for care and their adoption into loving homes.
“We’re incredibly grateful to be in a position to help local law enforcement intervene on behalf of animals in immediate distress. These dogs deserved so much more than the abuse they suffered, and now they’re getting a second chance to experience life as beloved family members,” said Sharon Stone, Operations Manager at In Defense of Animals’ Hope Animal Sanctuary.
Michael Bobbitt was charged with two felony counts of “unnatural intercourse with a beast,” a crime with up to a 10-year penitentiary sentence, and a single count of sexual battery against his wife, Christy Bobbitt. He was also given an extra $25,000 bond and charged with aggravated animal cruelty for injuries one of the dogs sustained.
Bobbit’s request to reduce his bond from $375,000 was initially denied by Justice Court Judge Ronnie Hicks. However, now-retired Circuit Court Judge Joseph Roper reduced his bond to $50,000.
Christy Bobbitt, with her attorney, surrendered herself at the Grenada County Jail.
She was charged with four felony counts of unnatural intercourse with a beast, and bailed on a $20,000 bond.
“What happened to these four beautiful dogs is beyond disturbing. We’re so glad they’re safe now, and applaud Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker and his deputies for acting swiftly to help them,” said Doll Stanley, Justice for Animals Senior Campaigner with In Defense of Animals. “This is yet another tragic case that proves violence to animals and humans is closely linked — those who abuse one will likely abuse the other. We must protect all members of our communities and seek justice.”
In Defense of Animals said they will continue to follow this case and seek full justice for the animal victims.