Building superintendent Kujtim Nicaj, 44, was sentenced Tuesday to 6 and a half years in prison and 7 years probation for sneaking into a tenant's apartment and having sex with the man's dog.
Alan Kachalsky of Rye, New York, lived alone with his 1-year-old Labrador retriever, Gunner, but would frequently come home to find signs that another person had been in the apartment. Kachalsky would notice that someone had opened a window or closed the blinds, but none of his possessions were ever missing.
Kachalsky set up three cameras to catch the intruder, and wound up with footage of Nicaj entering the apartment, getting naked and engaging in sex acts with Gunner.
Kachalsky told the Journal News that on the video, the Labrador, who is usually friendly and energetic, "just sat on the couch. He did not get up."
Kachalsky brought the video to law enforcement in February 2012, and Nicaj was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony and sexual misconduct according to New Rochelle Patch.
He was also fired from his position as building superintendent and was given a week to vacate the premises.
Nicaj pleaded guilty in October. In addition to serving prison time, he must register as a sex offender and not interact with Kachalsky.
“Taking advantage of a helpless animal is an act of depravity which has often been a predictor of violence against humans," District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in court, according to CBS New York.
Westchester County Judge Barry Warhit noted, "This case was unusual to say the least."