Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Donald Waelde, 22 conspiracy to commit bestiality

Phoenix, AZ

Maricopa County

April 22, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    horses Alleged  

A 22 year old Phoenix man/transgender was arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office animal crimes detectives on charges of conspiracy to commit bestiality after he placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a horse on which to commit the act of fellatio.

Photo courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office According to Sheriff’s detectives, Donald Waelde (4/15/92) placed an ad on Craigslist’s missed connections section in early April stating, “I want to play
with a horse. Simple as that. If you have a horse and I can have access to it….I will do something in return.”

A visitor to the craigslist website, who has a genuine interest in horses, was so disgusted by the ad that he contacted the Sheriff’s Office. An investigation
began that quickly culminated in the arrest of Waelde.

In the undercover investigation, Sheriff’s deputies contacted the suspect and engaged Waelde in conversation where the suspect stated the sex act he
wished to perform on the horse and agreed to meet the undercover detective.

On April 22, Waelde met up with the undercover detective in the Anthem area who brought along an MCSO Mounted Posse horse as a prop. The
suspect was immediately taken into custody where he admitted to placing the ad and stated his intentions to consummate the act. A search warrant of his
home on West Union Hills Drive was executed.

This is the fourth bestiality case conducted by the Sheriff’s Office since 2011 where the suspects have used Craigslist to attempt to find an animal with
which to engage, Sheriff Arpaio says. Letters to the website’s CEO from the Sheriff have gone answered.

Arpaio, a longtime animal advocate, was instrumental in the 2006 passage of Arizona law making bestiality a crime.


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