A onetime Aurora couple have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty
charges for having sex with their dog in a homemade chamber in
As part of the plea agreement, the dog’s owner has forfeited
Bubba, a male Akita mix, is living at the Aurora Animal Shelter,
where he will undergo a behavioral assessment before authorities
decide the next appropriate steps to take with him, according to
a news release from the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s
Frederick Manzanares, 51, will be sentenced Oct. 16 after
pleading guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. He faces up to
18 months in jail on each count, the news release said.
His ex-girlfriend, Janette Solano, 49, pleaded guilty to one
count of animal cruelty, the news release said. She negotiated
a deferred judgment and sentence, and a judge will decide
whether to accept the plea deal during a Sept. 17 hearing.
The Aurora Police Department launched its investigation into the
bestiality after Solano called police in March 2017 to report a
domestic violence incident. When an officer met Solano at a gas
station, she told him that she and Manzanares had only argued,
and she was leaving him because he had been pressuring her into
having sex with their dog, Bubba.
During the investigation, police discovered a motor home at the
couple’s house where Manzanares had built a customized bench
with red padding to facilitate sex acts with the dog, according
to an arrest affidavit. He used hormone spray to arouse the dog
and took pictures and videos of the sex acts, according to the
When Manzanares and Solano first were charged with the crime,
police did not know the whereabouts of Bubba. However,
Manzanares forfeited his rights to the dog as part of the
criminal proceedings and the animal was recovered.
Prior to 2007, bestiality was not a crime in Colorado. That
year, the Legislature added it to the state’s animal cruelty