ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — An area man was arrested twice inside of one week’s time for the same crime – bestiality.

James Lee Lyons, a 52-year-old registered sex offender, was first arrested last Friday when a neighbor caught him abusing one of his dogs, according to a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report.

The dog in question was examined by a veterinarian, who found evidence of bestiality and animal abuse on the dog’s body. Lyons was arrested and charged with both sexual activity involving an animal and animal cruelty.

He was released soon after posting a bond of $11,000, the release indicates. However, less than one week later, he was again in police custody.

On Thursday, Animal Control Officers discovered two new dogs at Lyons’ residence, which violated a condition of his judge-ordered pretrial release that barred him from owning pets. Though one dog was found to be uninjured, the condition of the other dog shocked veterinarians working on the case.

“The injuries to this dog’s genitals were appalling,” Dr. Nicholas of the Matanzas River Animal Hospital said in the sheriff’s office report. “There is no doubt that this dog suffered a great amount of pain.”

Dr. Nicholas added, “The suffering that this dog endured and continues to endure during the healing process cannot be overstated.”

The dogs are now in the care of County Animal Control, and will reportedly be up for adoption.

Lyons, however, is facing additional animal cruelty charges, as well as ones for failing to register as a sexual predator. He was booked in the St. Johns County Jail, and is being held on multiple bonds totaling $61,000.


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