GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been accused of creating videos of dogs being abused.
Lucas Russell VanWoert has been charged with four counts of creation of animal crush video and four counts of distribution of animal crush video, court records show.
Court records allege in November 2020, he filmed dogs being sexually assaulted and “subjected to bodily injury,” which resulted in a dog’s death. He then allegedly sent the footage to someone in Australia.
According to a criminal complaint, at least four dogs were involved.
In April of 2022, a 51-year-old man was arrested in Australia “for multiple offenses including bestiality, animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty, and child exploitation crimes,” the criminal complaint says. Multiple videos and photos were found on his devices, including ones that investigators eventually linked to VanWoert.
Court documents say a man that looks like and has the same tattoo as VanWoert could be seen in the videos.
GPS data connected the videos to a truck stop in Michigan and the videos appear to be filmed in a semitruck, an agent with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations wrote in the criminal complain. It says VanWoert is a truck driver.
The Detroit News reports reports VanWoert was originally from Grand Rapids and moved to Ohio three months ago.
A search warrant was executed at his Ohio home in September of this year. He admitted “to engaging in sex acts, beating, and strangling a dog” and putting the dog’s body in a dumpster, court documents say.