PETITION TARGET: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Ariana Fajardo Orshan
In a horrifying case of abuse, a trusted veterinarian allegedly committed acts of sexual abuse against defenseless dogs and also was found with more than 1,000 images and videos depicting child and animal abuse, according to WSVN.
Police traced an image depicting bestiality back to an animal hospital in Florida where Medical Director and Veterinarian Prentiss Madden treated rescue dogs and beloved pets, according to the Department of Justice.
Federal investigators found a mobile phone containing sickening photos of the suspect allegedly engaging in sex acts with animals, along with more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography. Investigators also found numerous chat messages that discussed sexual abuse of children and animals.
Authorities charged Madden with animal crushing and two counts of child pornography — federal crimes. He faces up to 37 years in prison if convicted.
The investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a federal initiative to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation, and is a disturbing reminder of the connection between animal and child abuse. These innocent dogs and children deserve justice.
Sign this petition urging U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, including the removal of his veterinarian license and a ban on possessing animals for life.
Homeland Security Investigation is urging anyone with information about this case, or who may be a victim, to contact the HSI tip line at 1-866-347-2423.