MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New details emerged Wednesday during a federal court hearing about an Aventura veterinarian facing some disturbing charges.

At the hearing, a judge read from the indictment of 40-year-old Dr. Prentiss Madden saying that between May 3rd of 2018 and February 24th of this year Madden received and distributed child pornography and is also charged with “animal crushing.”

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According to our news partner, “The Miami Herald,” a cyber tip lead investigators to Madden last month and after raiding his home, they reportedly found digital images of child pornography and images of Madden having sex with a dog.

Madden’s name no longer appears outside the Caring Hands Animal Hospital where he worked. A spokesman tells CBS4 that they fired Madden 2 weeks ago when they found out about the appalling allegations and are pledging full cooperation with investigators.

Madden faces a detention hearing this Friday morning and arraignment on March 31st.

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Animal rescuer Lindsay Donzanti told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she had trusted Madden with her pets and had recommended him to dozens of people.

“I didn’t sleep a wink last night running it through my mind,” she said. I’m outraged and I am saddened. I can’t even say I was gullible but there were no signs, no signs whatsoever.”

“I have known this vet ever since this place opened and I have promoted him so much because as I say I am an animal rescuer and I have told so many people about him because I was so happy with him. So when I heard what happened I was outraged, saddened, and in total disbelief.”

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“He was the kindest, sweetest person,” she said. “That’s why it is so inconceivable. He had a really soft manner. You could see he treated the animals with love.”

CBSMiami.com Team