PUBLISHED: 21:29 EST, 21 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:29 EST, 21 August 2012
- Brent Justice, 51, and Ashley Nicole Richards, 21, face two years in jail
- Puppy, kittens and rabbits, among other animals, tortured with high heels, meat cleaver, knives, screwdrivers and pliers
A couple who tortured a puppy and kittens with instruments to make fetish porn have been charged with cruelty, authorities said.
Brent Justice, 51, and 21-year-old Ashley Nicole Richards appeared in court on Monday over hurting the animals using kitchen cutlery, household tools and shoes.
The footage was then sold by the pair from Houston, Texas, to sexual fetishists. Richards said she made videos at customers’ requests.
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Despicable: Brent Justice, 51 (left) and 21-year-old Ashley Nicole Richards have been charged with felony cruelty for hurting the animals using kitchen cutlery, household tools and shoes and filming the torture in Texas
The animals involved included a puppy, kittens, a rabbit, mice, a pigeon, fish, lobsters and crabs.
As many as 27 videos were seized by police, after a tip-off from animal activists PETA, which featured torture using high heels, a meat cleaver, knives, screwdrivers and pliers.
According to Kvue.com, 21-year-old Richards used knives and a meat clever to torture a puppy in one film.
Prosecutor Belinda Smith told the court: ‘She wore stiletto heels, and she would stomp on the cat, and ultimately she stomped directly on its eye.’
The couple have been charged with cruelty in particular related to a cat and a dog. They face up to two years in jail.
Crush films are a fetish which show an animal being stepped on for the viewer’s sexual gratification.
The production or trade of crush erotica is condemned animal cruelty charities and is illegal in the U.S. If it becomes a federal case, Justice and Richards could face up to seven years in jail.
At one point during the hearing. the Harris County judge had to stop reading court documents because the details were too gruesome.
Disgust: The judge in Harris County struggled to read the charges aloud because they included such horrific torture of animals by suspects Justice and Richards