Man Convicted of Sex with Chihuahua Must Register on Sex Offender List

Posted on December 30, 2011. Filed under: California State Budget, Courts, Crime, Prisons, Public Safety Realignment |

Sam Cohen

FOX40 News

2:26 PM PST, December 23, 2011


A Sacramento man convicted of having sex with a Chihuahua will have to register on the sex offender registry.

Robert Edward De Shields was sentenced to ten years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

De Shields, who is confined to a wheelchair, was renting a living space from a South Sacramento family who had an 8-month-old Chihuahua mix.

A family member came home in March to find De Shields holding the dog, who looked scared. The next day, the dog went missing and was later found with De Shields in the garage, this time in pain and shock.

A veterinary check determined the dog had severe injuries to its rectum and internal organs.

De Shields was convicted last month of strangulation and sexual assault on a Chihuahua. He was taking meth at the time of the attack.


Robert De Shields was convicted in November of sexual assault of a dog belonging to a family he was living with.

According to the DA’s Office, De Shields has not been out of custody for more than five months in the last 19 to 20 years.

The sentence of lifetime registration on the sex offender list may seem odd in an animal cruelty case, however the District Attorney says it means De Shields’ sentence will now be served at a state prison. Without the imposition of the sex offender registry, he would have served the ten year sentence at a county jail because of California’s recent realignment plan.


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