An animal-rights group is asking that the Will County man charged last week with having sex with a cockapoo be banned from further contact with animals.
Dwayne D. Page, 27, was charged with two felonies after repeatedly having sex with an 18-year-old female cockapoo named Pepper.
He is on probation after pleading guilty in April to indecent solicitation of a child. Page was living with his mother near Elwood in Jackson Township when the alleged abuse of Pepper, a poodle and cocker spaniel mix, occurred.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked that if Page is convicted, he be banned from owning or having contact with animals.
PETA made the request Wednesday in a letter sent to Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow.
A state's attorney spokesman said that, generally speaking, animal offense convicts are prohibited from owning pets during their probation or parole.
But a judge does not have the power to ban a person from all contact with animals, he said.
Even before last week's charges, Page apparently was having trouble with the terms of his probation.
Page was cited for violating his probation by viewing "Web sites relating to diapers for sexual arousal" at his aunt's house in July, according to a Sept. 13 report by Page's probation officer.
Page is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility on $2,000 bail.