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Linden man accused of having sex with neighbor's dog

Posted January 9, 2012

— A 33-year-old Linden man has been arrested after his neighbor says she saw him having sex with her dog.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Ray Lynn Mitcham Jr., of 8956 Rusty Road, was charged with a felony crime against nature.

The dog's owner, who is also Mitcham's landlord, told detectives that she went to speak with him on Jan. 2, and when she opened the door to his mobile home, she saw him attacking the dog.

The mixed-breed female was taken to a veterinarian, who recovered a DNA sample, sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

Mitcham was arrested Monday after his DNA profile matched the sample recovered from the animal.

"There's no way he can sidestep this," Tanna said.

Mitcham appeared before a magistrate at the county jail Monday morning and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.


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  • connieleigh4 Jan 12, 2012

    this is one sick individual!

  • zookeeper Jan 11, 2012

    To ncounterbanks69 I have a sense of humor but this is not funny. It is sick and disgusting. My original post must not have made it through the moderator because I do not see it on here. I hope his you know what rots off.

  • saywhaaaaat Jan 10, 2012

    WOW! that is a nasty man.

  • amber829 Jan 10, 2012

    Disgusting. Couldn't he have at least bought a blow up doll? There is no place for this sicko in society. Neither humans or animals are safe from his perverse desires. People like this do not belong in prison and they do not belong on the street. He's lucky the dog's owner was not carrying a gun.

  • vrichardson90 Jan 10, 2012

    When I read or hear about things of this nature, sadly I have to say I'm not suprised. This has been going on for years, people just didn't talk about or publish it. There used to be a law that stated a man couldn't be in a sheep pen alone for the very same reason. There have even been stories of women with horses and large dogs. Supposedly there is a club in NC that specializes in this practice! Truth is still stranger than fiction and this story reinforces this belief. Not much suprises me anymore, sad to say. Thanks WRAL for reporting these stories, people need to realize that there are truly sick, disgusting and weird desires as well as twisted people in their own neighborhoods out there. You have to protect everything you love from predators, sexual or otherwise! Please keep reporting these stories, people need to know, no matter how sick it makes them and it wouldn't be so "funny" if it was your beloved pet, that is if you really cared! I hope the dog is okay, talk about animal a

  • turbo08 Jan 10, 2012

    The introduction went a little like this

    "What's a nice dog like you doing in a place like this"

  • wildcat Jan 10, 2012

    Gosh, this man has mental issues for sure and should be put away. I do hope that the dog will be OK and I am glad this sick man was caught.

  • You Dont Know The Facts Jan 10, 2012

    I think the dog was asking for it...where is the real news like updating us all on the baby killer case with David Inmann? Heard he was on house arrest. Do your UPDATES WRAL!!!!!!

  • Faux Hemingway Jan 9, 2012

    I have no problem with this.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jan 9, 2012

    The only thing more disturbing than this story is the fact that this level of outrage would not have been expressed had his victim been a human...