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Two black-and-tan German shepherds have been put in the care of animal welfare workers as authorities investigate a Palm Beach Gardens man accused of sexually assaulting the dogs.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officials on Wednesday asked a judge to give the county permanent custody of the pets.
County attorney Shannon Fox said in court papers that the man, who lives in an apartment with his mother, had repeatedly performed sexual acts with the dogs.
No arrest had been made by Wednesday evening but "an ongoing investigation" is under way, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. An animal custody hearing will take place May 29. Neither the man nor his mother could be reached for comment despite calls to their residence.
Officials said the investigation, which began more than a week ago, prompted renewed calls for a law making it a felony for people to have sex with animals.