Court records reveal that a 61-year-old Pittsburgh prominent lawyer and an animal shelter volunteer were arrested on Wednesday and charged with having sex with his pet dog.
The attorney has been identified as Ivan DeVoren, of Highland Park. He faces 10 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and drug charges in connection with the alleged activity.
Pittsburgh police say the abuses to animals happened for several days in January. A neighbor of DeVoren said he heard strange noises coming from DeVoren’s apartment on Azimuth Court multiple times between January 28 and February 1. A criminal complaint said the neighbor reported the disturbing noises to the police.
The unnamed neighbor detailed in his or her complaint that the strange noises include grunting, creaking furniture, a dog whimpering and several exclamations from DeVoren that made the neighbor suspect that the lawyer was having sex with his poor dog.
Police obtained a search warrant for DeVoren’s home on February 1st and discovered crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in plain view.
The officers also took DeVoren’s dog named Snoopy away from the lawyer. Snoopy was brought to a veterinarian for examination and the animal doctor said Snoopy showed evidence of animal abuse. Snoopy is a yellow Labrador retriever.
DeVoren has been a lawyer since 1990. He specializes in environmental law and also represents energy companies on regulatory challenges and compliance. He is also a self-proclaimed “lawyer and philanthropist.”
The strange thing in Pennsylvania statue is that it apparently treats sex with animals as a mere misdemeanor. An animal cruelty charge can, however, be brought as a felony.
DeVoren earned his law degree from the Temple University Beasly School of Law in Philadelphia. One of his Linkedin recommendations described him oddly as “’conscientious and ethical in all matters.