A South Florida veterinarian has pleaded guilty to disturbing child pornography and animal abuse charges that include making videos of himself having sex with dogs and sharing them through social media on the internet, Sun Sentinel reported.
Prentiss Madden, the former medical director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura, Fla., pleaded guilty to all five charges against him and faces at least five years and a maximum of 87 years in prison.
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When federal agents from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) raided Madden’s home in February on suspicion of possession of child pornography, they found “videos created by Madden depicting himself engaged in ‘animal crushing'” as well as social media chats discussing those videos, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hudock told a judge.
They also found videos of Madden engaging in sexual activity with dogs, Hudock said.
Madden was charged under the federal Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which makes the production of animal torture videos punishable by up to seven years in prison.
His case is the first time in South Florida that someone has been charged under that federal law.