Christina Calello and Geoffrey Springer: Sick Florida pair arrested for filming sexual acts with their dog
PINELLAS, FLORIDA: A 36-year-old Safety Harbor woman and a 39-year-old Largo man have been arrested and face felony charges after deputies say they engaged in sexual activity with their dog. Christina Calello repeatedly ‘sexually abused her own dog over the course of eight years while her depraved boyfriend, Geoffrey Springer watched and filmed her, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Springer reportedly put the recordings on a flash drive. The nature of the sexual acts was not disclosed by the police.
The dog was confiscated from the ex-couple by deputies and taken to a local pet hospital for routine examination. Its breed has been undisclosed, although police said it suffered no visible injuries. Calello and Springer both were arrested Tuesday, August 2, and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Since then, Calello was released after posting a $5,000 bond, jail records show, according to NYPost.
Further prison records show Calello was arrested and charged in May with domestic battery. Springer, who doesn't have any prior arrests, was released without bail and on his own recognizance. As of Thursday, no court date for the couple has been released. The investigation is ongoing.
In the Sunshine State, bestiality is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree and penalties include a prison sentence of up to a year. Offenders also usually pay a $1,000 fine, according to law firm Muscala Law. Daily Mail reports that bestiality is illegal in most places throughout the United States except for four states which are Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, and West Virginia, where there are no explicit laws on sexual activity with an animal. It is considered animal abuse, instead.
The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology says that there are no reliable statistics on people engaging in bestiality but research says "classic studies indicate that 5 to 8 percent of males engage in bestiality, while between 3 to 4 percent of women do".
Animal abuse is nothing new as these unfortunate events take place around the world every day and they are especially prevalent in the case of dogs. An almost similar incident took place in Dublin when a 29-year-old Irish woman was accused of engaging in a sexual act with a mixed breed (part Rottweiler) dog at her residence in December 2019, according to The Irish Sun. The case went to trial at the Dublin District Court in June last year. The Irish woman was summoned for a single offense contrary to section 61 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.