2005_03_shetlandcollie.jpgHoly, holy shar. When we first heard about a stock trader's alleged murder of his girlfriend's Shetland collie, the news only mentioned animal brutality: Thomas Fong, a UPenn graduate, was charged for beating the 14 year-old dog to death. Then there was a burglary charge for entering the girlfriend's apartment. Christine Zorbas found the dog in a pool of blood and urine last week, and brought charges against Fong, based on his alleged admission of the dog killing to a third party. However, Fong and his lawyer alleged Zorbas was "mentally ill and a drug abuser," and that the burglary charge couldn't apply since he had keys to her apartment. [Fong and Zorbas were neighbors, which makes us wonder about dating your neighbors.] But today's NY Post takes the reporting a step further:

It was the most unnatural of love triangles, involving a stock analyst, his girlfriend and her dog — a miniature collie with which the man had a twisted sexual fascination, officials say. But the triangle was also a deadly one, ending last week with the dog bludgeoned to death in the bathroom of the woman's West 34th Street apartment.

The analyst — who allegedly liked to have the dog watch while the couple had sex — was arraigned on charges in the brutal slaying yesterday. Probers are also investigating whether he abused the animal in other, even more sinister ways.

"The people are also investigating in this case issues of bestiality," Assistant District Attorney Tiana Walton told a Manhattan judge yesterday, without elaborating.

AUGH!! This is so disturbing, and, thank you, ADA Walton, you do not need to elaborate. To quote another tenant in the West 34th building where they lived, "It's pretty messed up."