A high profile Pittsburgh lawyer has been charged with dozens of counts of sexually abusing his own dog. Attorney Ivan DeVoren, an environmental lawyer, was charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal, and possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. DeVoren is said to have sexually abused his dog, Snoopy, a 6-month-old yellow lab in his apartment in Azimuth Court in Highland Park.
According to detectives, a witness had called the police after overheard the sexual abuse happening at least 10 times. On Feb. 1, 2018, detectives stepped in and removed Snoopy from DeVoren’s apartment and took him to a veterinary hospital. Police say the veterinarian told them the dog has some injuries but is otherwise healthy. DeVorean was a former volunteer at a local animal charity, and had cared for many dogs in his time working for them. Workers at Humane Animal Rescue have expressed their shock and disappointment at the allegations.
A spokesman from the Rescue said “It’s very troubling. Everyone here, our staff and our volunteers, they come here because they care about animals and their well-being. Any type of an abuse to an animal is very disconcerting to us on so many levels. We just hate to see that.” DeVorean turned himself into police and the dig remains with a local veterinarian.