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A US vet has pleaded guilty to recording himself sexually abusing dogs, hoarding child pornography and creating an "animal crush video".
The once respected community vet appeared in Miami federal court where he accepted charges against him which could see him sentenced to a maximum penalty of 87 years, reports the Mail Online.
Prentiss Madden, 40, from Miami, admitted that he repeatedly accessed a Dropbox account containing images of child pornography and talked about child sexual abuse during chats.
He also made videos of him engaged in sexual activity with dogs and shared clips with others.
Madden also made an animal crush video in which animals are trampled, stepped on or smashed to death for sexual gratification.
According to Vice, an unsealed criminal complaint details sexual abuse with dogs using dildos and describing abuse in chats.
The Department of Justice released details of the crimes on Thursday (July 29) where the judge confirmed Madden’s sentencing will be held on October 8.
Madden was arrested on Tuesday, March 16 after federal agents were tipped off by file sharing web service Dropbox.
The tip-off from Dropbox came after it flagged up that a user had received more than 1,600 files of suspected child pornography.
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Federal agents were then able to track down the address which brought them to Madden's house.
The 40-year-old was medical director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura. At the time of his arrest the business confirmed he had been sacked.
A statement from Caring Hands read: “Our legal team, and every single member of the Caring Hands family will be doing everything in our power to aid law enforcement and facilitate their investigation and prosecution."
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Customers who used the vets have been left in the dark on whether their beloved pets have fallen foul to Madden's depravity.
Pet owner Scott Pruch told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times: "I thought he was great. At first, we thought no dogs were ever harmed there. Then we find out it's a lot worse than we thought."
The charges fall under a federal law outlawing animal abuse, which was initially created in response to a genre of cruelty in which people record the harming of animals for the sexual gratification of viewers.
The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2019, makes the production of torture videos punishable by up to seven years in prison.
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