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Self-Described ‘Furry’ Arrested for Cat Sex

Ryan Tannenholz

Ryan Tannenholz

Idaho man Ryan Tannenholz, a self-described “furry,” has been arrested on charges that he sexually penetrated a cat on several occasions between January 2012 and January 2013.

Thankfully details released in the case are scant. We don’t know whose cat was involved, how many times the crimes allegedly occurred, or how Tannenholz’ alleged illicit activity came to the attention of police. In any case investigators felt they had enough information to issue a warrant for his arrest on July 31, 2013. Tannenholz is charged with six counts of crimes against nature, and one count of cruelty to an animal.

Furry fandom, for those of us not in the know, according to Wikipedia is a subculture primarily interested in “fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.” They develop characters for role playing not unlike online gaming subcultures. Tannenholz’s character is a dog named Bubblegum Husky, but according to discussion about the case on, he has more than one moniker. For those of you wondering, Wikipedia further reports that less than 1% of those polled in Furry fandom expressed an interest in bestiality, though we are sure the majority of Furry fans get ribbed about it a lot.

Tannenholz faces a minimum five years for each felony count and up to six months plus a fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge. Tannenholz’ bond was set at $250,000. His next hearing is set for August 16.

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