Police: Sexually abused puppy to become therapy dog for sex assault victims

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say a puppy that was sexually abused is set to begin training to become a therapy dog for sexual assault victims.

Lt. Brian Sigman with the animal services bureau said the puppy, Frazier, will start training next week.

The alleged sexual assault happened the morning of May 22 at a home in the 1300 block of North Meridian. A woman told police she came home to find her boyfriend having sex with the 5-month-old pit bull puppy. She said her boyfriend then battered her.

After Frazier received treatment from an emergency veterinarian and care from local rescue Beauties and Beasts, Frazier was placed in a foster home. Lt. Sigman said Thursday that the puppy has made a full recovery and is "doing great."

Frazier is named after Officer Heather Frazier, who leads felony animal investigations for the Wichita Police Department.

Wichita Animal Control responds to nearly 18,000 calls

The suspect in the case, 55-year-old Justin McClellan, is charged  with cruelty to animals (malicious torture of killing), a felony, and domestic battery, a misdemeanor. He remains jailed on $100,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 18. 

McClellan is currently on Community Corrections for prior convictions of aggravated assault and child endangerment. Those crimes occurred in April of 2016.