A 45-year-old Spokane County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly filming seven videos that show him involved in sexual acts with a horse and three dogs. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said that Travis Austin Joy, a three-time convicted felon, made those videos between October 2012 and February 2014. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said that he was charged with seven counts of first-degree animal cruelty for each video and then an additional two counts of harassment for threatening to kill the people who he believed reported him to the authorities. The investigation began at SCRAPS back in July when seven videos showing Joy having sexual contact with three dogs and a horse were turned over. A sheriff’s detective began investigating the videos, examining the outdoor scenery, for example, to determine where they had been shot. He also contacted the owners of the animals and after that developed probable cause to arrest Joy. The owner of one of the dog victims contacted authorities and reported Joy was at their residence prompting deputies to travel to the residence where they arrested Joy. After his arrest Joy admitted to a detective that he had recorded himself having sexual contact with the animals so he could watch the videos later and not need to repeat the acts. SCRAPS took custody of Joy’s two dogs; only one of those dogs was observed in one of the videos. Joy is scheduled to make a first appearance on those charges in Spokane Superior Court Thursday afternoon.
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