‘A national animal-rights organization is calling for the end of a Licking County community-service program after a prisoner was charged with sexually assaulting a dog at a local animal shelter.
Clifford Hook, 19, of Zanesville, is accused of inappropriately touching a female dog while walking it Aug. 18 at the Licking County Animal Shelter. Hook admitted to the act during an interview with police, according to court documents.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the longtime program, which provides community-service opportunities to inmates at the Licking-Muskingum Community Correction Center, puts animals at risk. [..]
“It’s a very unfortunate incident,” Glover said. “Everyone on my staff wishes it never happened.”‘