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Wyoming sheriff: Bestiality investigation rumors are true, case will be 'very difficult'

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WARNING: This story contains graphic details regarding sex acts with horses. Reader discretion advised.

(SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. ) -- Sheriff's deputies in Sweetwater County, Wyo. confirm that rumors surrounding a bestiality investigation are, in fact, true.

Prosecuting the case, however, could prove to be difficult because Wyoming is one of eight states without a bestiality law.

The rumors were persistent enough to warrant a response from the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office, which confirmed that detectives are, in fact, investigating a bestiality incident between a man and a horse.

The initial report stems from late June when the owner of horse corrals north of Rock Springs, Wyo. contacted authorities after they discovered a man performing sex acts with various horses.

The discovery of said acts began when the owners noticed the chain on their corral had been moved and rechained in a different manner overnight.

Finding that suspicious, the owners set up trail cameras -- and what they saw was extremely disturbing: a man having sex with a mare and a foal.

The sheriff is not releasing the suspect's name just because the suspect has not yet been charged, however, deputies say the man admitted to the sex acts.

Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jason Mower says:

While shocking, this is actually a very difficult case. Wyoming is one of a handful of states across the country without a bestiality statute on the books. Also, to satisfy the elements of a cruelty to animals charge, it's our understanding that we would need to prove that the suspect's actions in this case actually injured the animals."

Detectives who are still working the case believe there are other horse victims in the area, They are also investigating an assault involving the suspect and property owners who confronted him.

A news release issued via the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office says:

The unique potential legal challenges of this particular case notwithstanding, Mower said his agency's focus and top priority remains keeping people safe and protecting their property, and that the sheriff's office is committed to doing everything they can in accordance with law to accomplish that mission."

Wyoming, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia all currently lack anti-bestiality laws.

If you know anything about this case, you're urged to call Detective Matt Wharton at (307) 922-5345.

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