The following account appeared on Yahoo (via the AP) an hour or so ago:
Police: SC man charged with having sex with horse
by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina man was charged with having sex with a horse after the animal's owner caught the act on videotape, then staked out the stable and caught him at shotgun point, authorities said Wednesday.
(I've heard of guys doing it with sheep, and even dogs before, but never with a horse; I have heard of women doing it with horses before, though that story about Catherine the Great is supposed to not be true.)
But this wasn't the first time Rodell Vereen has been charged with buggery. He pleaded guilty last year to having sex with the same horse after owner Barbara Kenley found him in the same stable and was sentenced to probation and placed on the state's sex offender list.
(Ah, romance. It's good to know that there's at least one man out there who can stay faithful.)
Kenley said she noticed several weeks ago her 21-year-old horse Sugar was acting strange and getting infections again. She noticed things in the barn had been moved around — dirt piled up and bales of hay stacked near the horse's stall at her Lazy B Stables in Longs, about 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.
"Police kept telling me it couldn't be the same guy,' Kenley said Wednesday. "I couldn't believe that there were two guys going around doing this to the same horse."
Kenley didn't call police because she was certain the man would come back to the stable, and she wanted to make sure he was arrested. So she staked out the barn and caught Vereen inside Monday night, chasing him to his truck and holding him with her shotgun until police came.
Vereen, 50, was first charged with trespassing, but police added a buggery charge after watching the surveillance tape. He faces up to five years if convicted. Vereen was already on probation after pleading guilty to buggery last year and was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to stay away from the Lazy B Stables and declared a sex offender. He remains in jail, awaiting a hearing Monday to determine if he violated his probation....
Horry County police don't often investigate animal sex allegations, spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler said. In fact, he said the last person charged with buggery in the county was Rodell Vereen in late 2007.
Vereen must have a heckuva sex drive. Most guys find by age fifty that their wilder days are behind them. This guy is obviously still going strong.
I find myself wondering which aperture he used. If it was the one used for procreation, he must be a very self-confident felllow, since he's competing with male horses which....well, we've all heard the expression. And if it was the other one, yikes. There's another expression, "horse's ass," which is derived from the fact that a horse seems to be constantly excreting.
Vereen is also possessed of no small physical courage. Everyone who's ever been around horses knows that you don't stand behind them because it makes them nervous and they may kick backwards hard enough to kill you. That didn't stop Vereen, though. (And around him, the horse had good reason to be nervous.)
I'm not sure whether Vereen should have been arrested or given a medal.