Courts & Crime

British man pleads guilty in beastiality case

British man arrested at a compound near Sumas last month after he was seen on film sexually abusing large-breed dogs pleaded guilty to first-degree animal abuse Tuesday, May 11.

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder sentenced Stephen Clarke, 51, to 30 days in jail, which he is almost done serving.

Snyder also ordered him to pay $1,000 to the Whatcom Humane Society, which has taken custody of the dogs, and to have no contact with any dog.

Once Clarke is released from jail, he may be deported to Britain or the federal government may place a hold on him and send him to a detention facility, Whatcom County Prosecutor Dave McEachran said.

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