Furry Accused of Raping Cat, Possibly While Dressed as a DogS

Police in Boise recently arrested a man accused of sexually abusing a cat on multiple occasions over the course of at least 12 months.

Ryan Havens Tannenholz, 28, was taken into custody earlier this month and booked on six felony counts of crimes against nature, and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal.

Authorities in Boise say that, although the warrant was issued on July 31st of this year, they believe Tannenholz had been having sexual contact with the animal between Januray 2012 and January 2013.

"It just means that at this point was the time when they had probable cause to do the arrest," Deputy Prosecutor Cathy Guzman told the Idaho Statesman.

Adding a bizarre layer to this already disturbing story is the fact that Tannenholz was an active member of the furry fandom community, and would often dress up as different types of canines.

Flayrah, a furry news blog, posted a list of Tannenholz fursuit alter-egos, including a black-and-white husky named Bubblegum, a blue fox named Kismet, and an unnamed purple canine.

It seems Tannenholz or someone acting on his behalf, has attempted to scrub the web of his online presence, but several digital footprints remain, including a YouTube account attributed by flayrah to Tannenholz, which features a troubling video entitled "our cat nursing on a fursuit head."

The furry community was quick to distance itself from Tannenholz, saying his actions made furries look bad.

Some, however, noted that "furry fandom is best served by publicly ostracizing people who break such laws, not hiding them under a rug."

Tannenholz remains behind bars in lieu of $250,000 bond. If convicted of his crimes, Tannenholz could face at least five years in prison per felony.

[H/T: BetaBeat, photos via Statesman, deviantART]