Franklin County man jailed on bestiality charges: Sheriff

Published: Aug. 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2015 at 5:27 PM CDT
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Russell Meyers (Source: Franklin County Jail)
Russell Meyers (Source: Franklin County Jail)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A former carnival worker is in the Franklin County Jail on charges of bestiality and drug possession.

Sheriff Shannon Oliver said his department received tips that Russell Joseph Meyers, 54, of Phil Campbell, was engaging in sexual activities with his dog. When deputies talked to Meyers, he admitted to having sex with his German Shepherd four different times.

Meyers was arrested and charged with four counts of bestiality, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Oliver said Meyers isn't originally from Franklin County, but moved to the area several years ago after traveling the country as a carnival worker.

Sheriff Oliver said this is the first case of its kind he has dealt with.

"It's obvious there is a condition there; it's just abnormal, no matter how you look at it," Oliver said.

Meyers covered his face and swore at cameras as he was escorted into the Franklin County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

Bond was set at $6,000 for Meyers. He was also ordered not to have any contact with his neighbor, animals or firearms while he is out on bond.

Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing filed an allegation of sexual motivation in the case. If it is found that a sexual motivation was present at the time the offenses were committed, they would qualify as sex offenses and Meyers would be subject to register as a sex offender.

The dog involved is being treated and cared for by Franklin County Animal Control.

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