(KUTV) — A patrolman from Louisiana is accused of sexually
abusing a police dog and over 20,000 people have signed a
petition for his prosecution.
According to a statement released from In Defense of Animals, an
international organization that protects animals, Terry Yetman
is set to appear in court on April 23.
The organization wants Yetman to get the maximum penalties.
“Thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters were moved by
this horrific case and want to see justice done,” Doll Stanley,
campaign director for In Defense of Animals, said. “A healthy
society protects its innocents: vulnerable children, animals,
elderly citizens. Sexual predators must be made to fear the loss
of freedom and a stinging financial impact. We call on District
Attorney Marvin Schuyler to take zero tolerance stance on
bestiality and prosecute Yetman to the fullest if he is found
In August 2018, the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit
launched an investigation into Yetman's alleged perverse animal
abuse. Officials discovered electronic evidence of the once
decorated Domestic Task Force officer's acts of bestiality with
a retired police dog.
Yetman turned himself in and was booked into the Bossier County
Maximum Correctional Facility. He was charged with 20 felony
counts of performing sexual acts with an animal and 24 counts of
filming the acts. His bond was set at $350,000 according to the
On Jan. 27, Yetman appeared in court. His attorney was granted a
continuance. The trial date has not been set yet and Yetman
remains behind bars.
Louisiana state criminal code 89 Crime Against Nature carries a
first offense penalty of a maximum $2,000 fine and/or a five-
year prison sentence, psychological evaulation and no contact
with animals for a minimum of five years, according to the press
A second offense has a penalty of a maximum $25,000 fine and a
maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
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