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Tuesday, Dec 31, 1991County: Porter
Defendant/Suspect: Michael Bessigano
He was also accused of having sex with a Rottweiler dog, a rural Crown Point ranch in 1992.
He was convicted of theft and cruelty to an animal, and was imprisoned until 1994. A month after his release, he was arrested in connection with the attempted theft of a German shepherd from some property in St. John Township.
Bessigano's history of animal abuse dates back to 1991:
He was arrested twice, once after being accused of breaking a rooster's neck and once after he was found in a neighbor's goose pen apparently attempting to molest the birds.
- Northwest Indiana News
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