Schuette Charges Michigan State U. Health Physicist with Bestiality

Contact: Andrea Bitely, Megan Hawthorne; 517-373-8060

June 4, 2018

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today charged Joseph Hattey, 51, of Holt, with two counts of committing a crime against nature (bestiality), a 15-year felony for allegedly penetrating a dog with both his hand and penis.

Hattey, an employee of Michigan State University, is not alleged to have conducted the acts on campus or with an animal owned by the university.

Charges were authorized by Magistrate Mark Blumer of the 55th District Court. Arraignment to follow. 


The investigation was conducted by Ingham County Animal Control in conjunction with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.

The dog has been removed from harm and is currently in the custody of Ingham County Animal Control.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.