A South Florida veterinarian has been accused of sexually abusing a dog and possession of child pornography, authorities said.
Prentiss Madden, 40, appeared in court where he was ordered Wednesday to be held pending a bond hearing, news station WTVJ reported.
An investigation was launched into the vet after the file-sharing web service DropBox notified authorities about a user with more than 1,600 files of suspected child porn.
The files were traced to an IP address registered to Madden’s home in Aventura, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.
Homeland Security agents raided his home on Feb. 24 and found files in which Madden discussed “the sexual abuse of animals and children” as well as multiple photos and videos depicting bestiality, the complaint said.
Another explicit video appeared to have been taken at Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Miami.
Madden served as medical director there until he was fired two weeks ago when colleagues learned that he was under investigation, the hospital said.
“This leads me to believe that Madden may be abusing animals entrusted to his care,” Agent Leah Ortiz wrote in the complaint.
Caring Hands Animal Hospital said in a statement that they were “appalled by the nature of the charges” against the former staffer.
“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,” they said in a statement provided to WTVJ.