LINCOLN — A Lincoln man was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he had sexually abused a dog, police said.

Michael L. Woodhead, 38, is charged with an abominable and detestable crime against nature and unnecessary cruelty to animals. Woodhead was arrested at his home on Smithfield Avenue Tuesday night after an arrest warrant was obtained yesterday for the listed charges.

The warrant was issued following a lengthy investigation by members of the RISPCA and Lincoln detectives.

Back in February, investigators with the RISPCA contacted the Lincoln Police in reference to a complaint of a sexually abused dog owned by Woodhead. On Feb. 26 at around 6:15 p.m. Lincoln police responded to Woodhead’s residence to assist RISPCA investigators in executing a search warrant of the residence and to seize any animals.

Investigators did make contact with Woodhead who was at his home along with the alleged abused animals. Based on some disturbing observations made by the investigators, evidence was collected for processing. The female dog belonging to Woodhead was removed from the home by RISPCA investigators and transported for a veterinary evaluation.

RISPCA investigators along, with Lincoln detectives, continued their investigation as evidence was processed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Based on the information obtained in the preliminary and follow-up investigations, an arrest warrant was obtained for Woodhead Tuesday which led to the subsequent arrest and arraignment on Wednesday.

Woodhead was released from court this morning on personal recognizance. He is being charged with a felony for abominable and detestable crime against nature, as well as the misdemeanor charges of unnecessary cruelty to animals and care of dogs.

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