Ryan Havens Tannenholz — a self-described “furry” from Boise, Idaho — has been charged with six felony counts of crimes against nature and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal after allegedly dressing up as a dog and having sex with a cat on several occasions.
According to some reports, the 28-year-old Boise native’s had various animal egos including Bubblegum Huskey (a black and white huskey), Kimet Fox (a blue fox) and a purple canine.
Tannenholz allegedly engaged in sexual relations with the cat in question throughout 2012. The warrant for his arrest was finally issued July 31, 2013. If he is convicted, Tannenholz would face a minimum of five years in prison for each of the felony counts, and up to six months and as well as a fine for the misdemeanor charge. Tannenholz’s bond was set at $250,000.
A YouTube page under the name “Furryone66,” believed to be Tannenholz’s, includes a video of his Persian cat “Einstein” nursing on a “fursuit head.” Written in the description is “Einstein, our Persian cat, came along and started kneading his paws and nursing on this fursuit head we are re-doing.” There are other other animal-themed videos on this YouTube channel.
“Furry Fandom” is a subculture of people interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities. ‘Furry’ People tend to identity closely with the avatars or ‘fursonas’ and engage is dressing up and role play. A portion of the fandom is sexually interested in zoophilia. “Furry” fan website, Flayrah.com, has published details on Tannenholz case and states that Tannenholz was a member of the community.