Five corrections officers who were training to be K-9 handlers are in trouble over a video featuring one of the officers, Kelvin Thompson, fondling a K-9 dog. "Essentially, he was touching the dog's penis with his hand." The dog is unharmed.
Thompson plans a not guilty plea. His attorney, describing the event as "hazing", claims that the other four officers that filmed the fondling told Thompson, "If you masturbate your K-9 unit, you'll have greater control over it."
Because the incident did not involve intercourse with the dog, the five are only charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and not felony bestiality. Facing a $1,000 fine and possible jail-time, a "happy ending" for the officers is unlikely.