Feds bust camp for animal cruelty

Whatcom, WA - (NBC) - Federal agents have uncovered a bizarre sex operation in Washington's Whatcom County.

In a crudely built compound tucked into the backwoods near the Canadian border, federal investigators say crimes were happening that are too disturbing to describe.

They say people from around the world were invited to stay at the compound as sex tourists and abuse animals.

Among them is 51-year-old Stephen Clarke, visiting from England on a month-long trip to the U.S.  Clarke is being held in the Whatcom County Jail on three counts of cruelty to animals.

Neighbors Kelli and Ron McDonald had no idea such activity was happening on their rural road, but they say there always seemed to be traffic.

"There is a lot of trucks up and down, but we didn't know anything about that," said Ron.

"I'm shocked.  Whoever the guy is, lock him up and get him out of here," said Kelli.

U.S. probation officers raided the compound looking for Douglas Spink, who is suspected of running the operation and maintaining a web site displaying home video of sexual abuse against animals.

Spink, a once millionaire businessman, was on parole for felony drug charges from 2005.

He was convicted of transporting hundreds of pounds of cocaine through Snohomish County and served three years.

"You'd think you've seen it all in 36 years," said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo.

He says dozens of horses and dogs were seized from the compound, some of which were so injured they had to be euthanized.

"This shows there is something new that is shocking even to law enforcement," said Elfo.

Investigators are searching through home video taken from the compound, which could result in additional arrests.

Douglas Spink, accused of violating his parole, will appear in a Seattle courtroom Friday morning.

It is not clear what other charges he'll face but in Washington State animal cruelty is a felony.

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