Man corralled into Malibu court

Carrot peddler ordered to stand trial for allegedly having sex with horses.

Published February 24, 2000 5:00PM (EST)

A beastly marauder who has been menacing the
ranches and stables of Southern California has been
hauled into court, reports Malibu's City News
Service. Daniel Bruce House, a 54-year-old carrot
peddler who sells to Agoura Hills horse owners and
caretakers, confessed to a sheriff's deputy that he
performed brutal sex acts on both male and female

After a preliminary hearing, Malibu Superior Court
Judge Lawrence Mira determined that the
hoof-humping defendant must stand trial on a dozen
charges: six felony counts of animal cruelty and
six misdemeanor counts of having sex with a horse.

The mare and stallion molester was first arrested
in June under suspicion of perpetrating a series of
strange wounds on horses. After
he was freed on bail, he immediately returned to
his unnatural acts of
eques-erotica, said Deputy District Attorney Martin

The horses all had similar injuries on their rear
legs indicating that
they had been tightly hobbled, then maimed
themselves in their struggle against their
confinement. One horse suffered a severe injury to
a front leg after it stumbled and fell forward.
Two of the mares displayed painful tears in their

Bestiality is rarely tried in the United States and
is not even listed as a crime in 22 states,
according to "A Guide to America's Sex Laws" by
Richard A. Posner and Katherine B. Silbaugh.

Only 15 states prosecute animal rape as a felony:
Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana,
North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island,
South Carolina and Virginia.

By Hank Hyena

Hank Hyena is a former columnist for SF Gate, and a frequent contributor to Salon.

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