Psychotic perceptions of pet animals in defendants accused of violent crimes


  • Alan R. Felthous M.D.

    Corresponding author
    1. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Forensic Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77550
    Search for more papers by this author


Some defendants charged with aggressive crimes against people have a history of psychotic perceptions and delusions involving their pet animals. Careful history of this phenomenon can contribute towards better understanding of a defendant's state of mind at the time of the alleged offense. Three case examples are presented and discussed.