Cedar City man arrested for bestiality, intoxication, assault

CEDAR CITY – On the evening of July 13, Cedar City Police responded to a report of a fight. When they investigated, Zechariah Berrett, 28, of Cedar City, was arrested for assault, intoxication, and bestiality.

Zechariah Berrett of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted July 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Zechariah Berrett of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted July 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

According to information received by way of the Government Records Access Management Act, Cedar City Police were dispatched to an assault in progress. Upon arriving at the home, they found Berrett, intoxicated, and assaulting persons inside of the home who were attempting to keep him from his dog. According to the police report, the people in the home had begun to suspect that Berrett was sexually abusing the dog when he was intoxicated.

The report revealed that after keeping the dog from him, Berrett grabbed one of the people by the arm and began assaulting them. The other person tried to intervene and during the struggle, received injuries to the neck.

During the investigation, Berrett admitted to police that he has stimulated the dog multiple times in the home while he was intoxicated and while he was sober.

Berrett was arrested by Cedar City Police and transported to the Iron County Detention Facility. He was originally charged with two counts of assault, a class-B misdemeanor; bestiality, a class-B misdemeanor; and intoxication, a class-C Misdemeanor.

On July 15, Cedar City Attorney Paul Bittmenn dismissed charges in the Iron County Justice Court without prejudice, therefore allowing for the case to be re-filed.

“We discovered that he has a history of domestic violence,” said Bittmenn. “We are giving the district court a chance to pick up the case, with the enhanced charges. If they don’t we will re-file in justice court.”

Later on July 15, the Iron County Attorney’s Office did pick up the case and filed on two counts of domestic violence assault, now both enhanced to class-A misdemeanors; bestiality remained a class-B misdemeanor; and intoxication remained a class-C misdemeanor.

His initial appearance was held on July 17, where he was appointed a public defender and his bail remained set at $4,000. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

Iron County Attorney’s Office officials did not return attempts for comment as this report is published.

Editors note: Due to the graphic nature of the crime, certain details were omitted.

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  • Dixie People July 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Dangggggg…..! I really have to question you Dixie people about your ideas of having a good time.

    • that guy August 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

      It was not in DIXIE but in Cedar city did you even read the article?

      • Dixie People August 3, 2014 at 8:15 am

        But you all related anyway, cuz for a long time in these parts, family reunions were the way for finding a date. So you got the Dixie blood, passed from kissin’ cousin marrying kissin’ cousin to marrying another kissin’ cousin to hittin’ on nieces and nephews and now dogs. Just because ole Rover humps yor leg doesn’t necessarily mean yah need to reciprocate. Was there a shortage of cousins?

    • eddantes56 August 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      You are a loser and welfare mooch. Get out and get a job.

    • Hermena Munster August 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Dangggggg…..! I really have to question your single digit IQ and 5th grade mentality

  • Mission July 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Hopefully he served a strong mission somewhere and his tithing is current, or he’s gonna see some serious jail time.

    • Kev August 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Yeah he looks like a typical Mormon to me

      • eddantes56 August 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        Hopefully, you are not going to breed because our country already has too many losers, cheats and bottom of the barrell cretins. Your life must be really pathetic to make such a generalization. What axe are you ‘grinding”?

  • My Evil Twin July 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    This is one sick …!
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • what happened to animal cruelty charges? Is the bestiality assumed to be consensual? evil pure and simple. July 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm


  • Lance July 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Bestiality? He may be trying to build credentials as a Democrat candidate. That and polyamory will be their next “human rights” demands after homo marriage. But agreed on the mission/tithing, if he has that it would at least display some adherence to a moral code and just a temp lapse of judgement rather than being a true immoral reprobate.

    • mesaman August 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Maybe he has a crush on Pelosi or Hillary.

  • lp July 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Bow chicka wow wow

  • Date Night July 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Did he first take the dog out to dinner? Did he expect the dog to put out on their first date?

  • Bundyville Mongloid July 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Woooohoooo!!!! Welcome to Utah! Where the men are men and the sheep are scared!

  • Real Life July 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    People around here have a blind eye when it comes to the child sex slaves of Colorado City. They also abuse animals and get away with it. Why should this story seem out of the ordinary?

    • Kev August 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Seems to me that according to the story he did not get away with it

  • x August 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Did anyone talk to the dog?I mean, maybe the dog was soliciting it and needs to be arrested as well. Maybe the dog is black mailing the guy because of some photo shoot involving a cat, a frozen turkey and a bag of jellybeans… Sick puppy…

  • ashley garcia August 1, 2014 at 1:04 am

    This is sick, disgusting, and terrible behavior!! There are times when I’m ashamed to admit that I am a part of the human race!! And its all due to people like this! Ugh I’m completely disgusted! ……. bestiality should be a felony for the simple fact, that its absolutely disgusting! What a sick pig!

  • Dana August 1, 2014 at 5:17 am

    There are some very sick and twisted men in Utah.

    Castrate them.
    Ed. ellipsis

  • vicki August 1, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Gee, is he by chance related to the horse abuser Sonn Berrett? What a lovely family. But like someone else said, if they tithe and the younger ones go on their missions, a blind eye will be turned. What a piece of trash. I hope the dog was removed from the home. Imagine what this creep would do to children.

    • HeHe August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

      A good mission and tithing current will lead to blaming it on the dog.

  • Incognegro (Josh Dalton) August 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    BOW WOW WOW YIPPY YO YIPPY YAY! I think that we have finally hit a new low. I hope this bring awareness to law enforcement. I think they should open an investigation on some of the good ol boys out here that have goats,cattle,sheep. There is a reason why they tuck their pants into their boots!

    • Sheep August 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      You know why Cedar City guys who raise sheep wear high boots? When they put the sheeps’ hind legs in the boots, it prevents the sheep from getting away .

  • Really? August 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    So interesting how this cruel act gets made into an anti mormon hate forum. Says something about the people making the comments, don’t you think? Oh well. Some things never change.

    • tight magic undies August 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Just observations from non kool aid drinkers. That’s all.

      • Really? August 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

        Lol! You just proved my point! Have a great day.

      • Mike August 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        You are simply drinking a different flavor of kool-aid.

    • People August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Does revealing the obvious truth hurt?

  • Dana August 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Joyce really, Ed. ellipsis? I posted this link..

    There was no cussing, no swear words etc, Just a link which disappeared.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic August 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Dana, we just don’t approve links unless we’ve reviewed them; unacceptable content can slip through via links. Much to moderate and manage this morning and I didn’t want to hold up your comment.
      Just looked at it, I can see you are showing another case of this kind of crime.
      Approving now,
      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • SAGEMOON August 1, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thank goodness for the people who went head-to-head with this sicko to prevent him from abusing his dog. I’m glad there are people out there who will stand up for animals. I hope the dog is safe now.

  • Antireligion August 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    First has anyone asked if they’re married. This is what happens when you start excepting anyone to marry anything. I hope this group doesn’t start having parades and gathering like some other folks. If you give rights to one group you better give them equally to everyone. You certainly don’t want to be a bigot or a hypocrite. It is so wonderful to make everyone feel welcome.

  • bob August 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I told that boy not to be stimulating that dog no more. Boy never listen!

  • Doggy Style August 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Zechariah. LOL! Now that is a Mormon name. Nobody would be stupid enough to name their kid that other than a you know what. I wonder if he put the dog in the bishop position? I wonder if the dog’s name was Moroni? Let’s go to Petco!

    • Offsprings August 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Him and the dog bound to have some ugly offspring

  • WTF? August 2, 2014 at 12:29 am

    There is a picture on his FB page of his dog spread eagle. Yikes! there is another of him with a dog bite on his face. hmmm wonder how that happened.

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