Man facing bestiality charges in Whatcom County suspected in dog disappearance

PENINSULA DAILY NEWSMarch 18, 2014 

DISCOVERY BAY — A man at the center of a Whatcom County bestiality case is back behind bars, once again suspected of misconduct involving animals.

Douglas B. Spink, 42, once was a wealthy entrepreneur in Oregon. He was back in the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac after being arrested March 4 by a team of U.S. marshals, federal probation officers and four Jefferson County deputies.

Spink, who already was awaiting a Whatcom County trial on felony animal cruelty charges linked to bestiality, now is suspected in the presumed theft of a dog reported missing from a property south of Discovery Bay.

Spink pleaded guilty in 2005 to smuggling 372 pounds of cocaine through Monroe in what was Snohomish County's largest cocaine bust. In 2010, he made headlines after being arrested in connection with bestiality at a farm he owned near Sumas.

Spink has since relocated to a home near the Clallam/Jefferson County line, said Deputy Alex Mintz, animal control officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Mintz said he now suspects Spink took a 5-year-old Kangal Boerboel mixed dog named Ghengis who disappeared from a man's yard south of Discovery Bay.

"(Spink is) my only suspect," Mintz said.

"It's pretty much circumstantial, but he's the only person in the area that would have motive to do it. Also, he had the opportunity."

Spink was arrested earlier this month for investigation of violating the terms of his parole in the cocaine smuggling case. He reportedly had a 1½-year-old Caucasian mountain dog named Bacca with him.

Spink was wearing the dog's collar when he came to the door, Mintz said.

Bacca is now in the hands of the Whatcom County Humane Society, Mintz said, where he's in good health after being treated for an ear infection and a case of weepy eye.

"Apparently, he's doing really well," Mintz said.

Spink was arrested in 2010 at the Sumas property after police found a video camera with footage showing Spink standing by during acts of bestiality with dogs.

Spink served two years in federal custody for violating his parole by being around criminal activity and was released in late 2012, Mintz said. That same year he was charged with three counts of first-degree animal cruelty in Whatcom county Superior Court. Trial in that case had been scheduled for March 24.

Spink is expected in U.S. District Court for a March 27 hearing concerning his most recent alleged parole violation, Mintz said.

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