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.