Who is Prentiss Madden? Florida vet arrested for having sex with dogsMarch 18, 2021
VET Prentiss Madden has been charged with sexually abusing dogs and possession of child pornography.
Federal arrested the 40-year-old and took him into custody on Tuesday after carrying out a search of his home in Aventura, Florida.
Who is Prentiss Madden?
Madden was the medical director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura but his profile has been taken down.
The hospital said he was fired two weeks ago when they caught wind that he was under investigation for "heinous and unthinkable crimes" they said in a statement.
Animal advocate Lindsey Donzanti told NBC Miami she would bring her own pets and those she rescued to Madden all the time.
“I'm still in a state of shock, disbelief, sadness. I truly cannot believe this," Donzanti.
"I was probably one of Dr. Madden’s first clients. I am a rescuer and I live in the area. I have promoted him countless times.
"This is incredulous. It is so sad. You just wonder who you can trust with your animals."
What has Prentiss Madden been charged with?
Law enforcement were alerted that an IP address registered to Madden’s home repeatedly accessed a cloud-based file-sharing service containing child pornography images, prosecutors say.
As part of the investigation, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant on Madden’s home.
They discovered a cell phone alleged to belong to Madden that contained several sexually explicit videos and images of minors.
The phone also contained chats that discussed the sexual abuse of children and animals, say prosecutors
According to the criminal complaint affidavit, some of the chats contained images that appeared to be of Madden engaged in sexual activity with dogs.
Agents also discovered over 1000 images of child pornography and other animal abuse in Madden’s cloud-based sharing account, says the court filing.
The geolocation information to one of the images depicting alleged bestiality links to the animal hospital where Madden worked, according to the complaint affidavit.
He has been charged under a federal law enacted in 2019 that outlaws the video production of animal abuse.
Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act that bans the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians".
The law also bans "animal crush videos" meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty.
If convicted, Madden faces up to 37 years in prison for the offenses he has been charged with.
His detention hearing is scheduled for Friday March 19, in magistrate court in Miami.
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