Police officers arrested a Hanover man last week on charges of felony bestiality and felony torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

A probable cause affidavit filed by Hanover Police said Angela Huff found Dora W. Wysckocil, 43, on the ground behind a garage near their apartment in the 200 block of October Street in Hanover with their female dog of less than a year old.

Huff told Hanover Police Captain Shane Caldwell she went to check on Wysckocil who was walking the dog when she noticed they had been gone longer than normal. Wysckocil jumped off the dog at her arrival, the affidavit said.

Later in the evening, Huff inspected the dog’s anus and described it to police as “extremely red and swollen.” Huff called The Pets Doc to have an examination done on her dog and called the police to report the incident after Wysckocil left for work the next day, the affidavit says.

The affidavit says Wysckocil has battered Huff previously and is a habitual felony offender with offenses dating back to 2003. His past charges include invasion of privacy (2013), possession of marijuana (2012), operating a vehicle while intoxicated (2003, 2004, 2008) and criminal confinement (2006).

Dr. Kevin Watkins at The Pets Doc submitted a report of his examination of the dog to the police officers, saying the injuries observed are consistent with penetrating trauma, and the source of the injury couldn’t be identified by his examination.

The dog was returned to Huff after Watkins’ examination. No further treatment was needed, according to the affidavit.

Hanover Police officers and Indiana State troopers arrested Wysckocil later that day. Hanover Marshal Josh Taylor took Wysckocil to the Jefferson County Jail. During transit, Wysckocil said he didn’t know why he was being arrested, according to the affidavit. Taylor informed him that it was because he “had sex with a dog.” Wyskcocil “replied that he didn’t think so and doesn’t recall, but that he owns a dog.” The affidavit says Wysckocil said he drank “approximately 18 beers and half a pint of Early Times” the night before when the incident took place.

Wysckocil’s first hearing was Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. His bond was set at $2,000 cash only. He is still in custody at the Jefferson County Jail.

Courier Staff Writer Tali Hunt can be reached at 812-265-3641 ext. 234 or at thunt@madisoncourier.com