A Michigan State University physicist was charged Monday for allegedly using his hands and penis to penetrate a dog.
The Michigan Office of the Attorney General announced in a statement that Joseph Hattey, 51, is facing two counts of bestiality. The dog involved in the alleged incidents is in the custody of Ingham County Animal Control following an investigation conducted by Ingham County Animal Control in conjunction with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.
The Attorney General’s Office said the incidents didn’t occur on school grounds and the dog wasn’t owned by the university. A warrant identified the victimized dog as a basset hound named Flash.
Michigan State University’s website stated that Hatley is a health physicist within the college’s Environmental Health and Safety office. The Lansing State Journal noted that he had previously worked within Michigan State’s Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory.
Michigan State University and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office haven’t responded to the newspaper’s request to comment. Meanwhile, Ingham County Animal Control director John Dinon declined to comment on the case.
It’s not immediately known what caused police to start their investigation into Hattey. An arraignment is scheduled for Monday.
[Featured image: Joseph Hattey/LinkedIn]