|The couple's home was also being used as a dog kennel. The dog and kennel seen in this photo is for illustrative purposes only and is not linked to the case. (Toronto Sun file photo)
A rural Ontario couple face bestiality charges after being busted for allegedly growing pot in a dog kennel, Halton Regional Police said Friday.
Officers executed a search warrant Thursday at a farmhouse in Nassagaweya Twp., about 70 km west of Toronto, and located a “sophisticated” indoor marijuana grow-op, police said.
But pot was not all they allegedly found.
“While searching the residence, (officers) seized evidence related to bestiality involving a dog,” police said.
Investigators did not elaborate on what that “evidence” included.
But they claim about $9,500 in harvested marijuana, an undisclosed amount of anabolic steroids and a 12-gauge shotgun were also found in the house.
Two young kids were living at the residence with the accused couple, police said.
The grow-op was allegedly found in a separate building next to the house, both of which are tucked about 500 metres back from the road on the sprawling snow-covered property 20 km northwest of Milton.
Police allege more than 1,600 plants worth about $210,000 were seized from the building, which they claim also housed a dog kennel.
Ryan Brett and Donna Fleury, both 34, were arrested and charged with bestiality and firearms-related offences.
Brett also faces drug possession, production and trafficking charges.
Fleury has since been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
Brett appeared briefly in a Milton courtroom Friday and was remanded into custody, so he’ll spend at least the weekend behind bars.
He is expected to appear in court again Monday for a bail hearing.