He is smiling at the camera. Holds the dog in his arms as if it were his most valuable treasure. But nobody knows what this man really did to the animal.
Photo shows Dr. Prentiss Madden (40). The vet has now been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison by a US court in Florida.
The reason: The veterinarian pleaded guilty to having sexually abused a number of dogs, published videos of the crimes and owned massive amounts of child porn.
The admission of guilt is likely to have reduced the penalty, so that the prison sentence is “only” 272 months.
As reported by several media outlets, Prentiss Madden’s house was searched at the end of February this year. In March, the evidence was finally sufficient to arrest the 40-year-old.
Investigators first discovered videos of the sick deeds on the Internet and then on the American’s cell phone.
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Further investigations revealed that the perverted vet had also hoarded thousands of files with child pornographic content. In chats he had shared his crazy fantasies with other men. It was also found that the 40-year-old had a relationship with a boy who was only 15 years old.
At the time of his arrest, Prentiss Madden was the medical director of the Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura (40,000 city north of Miami). Some of the acts, the prosecutor said, were committed on the premises of the veterinary clinic.
Representatives of the facility were “horrified” by the incidents.
Even before the verdict, a spokesman said, “Our legal team and each and every member of the Caring Hands family will do everything in their power to assist the prosecution and facilitate their investigation and prosecution.”
Dog owner Gina Silvestri said: “Nobody knows what happened in there.” She always thought Prentiss Madden was a good veterinarian. “Do you know how many acquaintances I sent to him? Quite a few, ”says the animal rights activist.