Ryan Havens Tannenholz, aka Bubblegum Husky, is being charged with crimes against nature.
For many young people, the thought of ending up single and alone in the company of a dozen cats is a frightening one, especially if you decided to have a tuna shower beforehand. For one man in Idaho, such a reality would probably be a disturbingly pleasant one.
Boise resident Ryan Havens Tannenholz was arrested for having sex with his cat multiple times over the course of a year. Ryan is a self-proclaimed ‘furry’, someone who enjoys dressing up and behaving like an animal. There has been long-term puzzlement over why these guys enjoy relinquishing their humanity and climbing into animal suits, with many arguments and instances suggesting it’s of a sexual nature.
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One of the internet’s leading and most reliable sources of information, Urban Dictionary, describes a furry party as: “A sex party where the participants dress up as animals, usually takes place outdoors, particularly in the woods/forest”.
Tannenholz performed the acts of penetration whilst dressed as a dog he named Bubblegum Husky. It has been said in the past that opposites attract, but I don’t think whoever coined the phrase had this in mind.
Tannenholz is currently behind bars at Ada County Jail, much to his cat’s relief. He’s been charged with six felony counts of crimes against nature and one ‘no shit’ count of misdemeanour cruelty to an animal. If he’s convicted of the felonies he’ll remain behind bars for a minimum of five years.
Police said the ill-advised love-making took place between January 2012 and January 2013, but a warrant wasn’t issued for his arrest until late July. It’s unclear how police managed to discover what was going on.
The award for ‘understatement of the year’ in this case goes to the Boise Police Department spokesperson who told the Idaho Statesman that the whole situation was “definitely unusual”.
Photo: Yukari via Flickr; Inset: Jason Reidy
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