The man accused of sexually abusing a dog will go to trial.
Joseph Hattey, 51, this morning was bound over to Circuit Court for trial on one count of sodomy with a dog.
That’s a felony charge that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A second charge was waived today.
The abuse is alleged to have taken place sometime between January 7 and March 8.
The dog itself is now in the care of Ingham County Animal Control.
Hattey, who works as a health physicist at Michigan State University, is due back in court sometime in August.
Prosecutors say the alleged abuse did not happen on the university property.