A 26-year-old former Navy sailor has been convicted of distributing a video depicting the drowning of puppies, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents were notified in June 2016 that Petty Officer Third Class Daniel James O'Sullivan was in possession of and distributing videos showing the torture and killing of animals, according to the news release.
Authorities interviewed O'Sullivan at the Naval Air Station of Corpus Christi, where he was stationed at the time.
The former Navy sailor admitted to distributing a video to a person in Montana that depicted the drowning of puppies in a river, and the person admitted to receiving the video, the release said.
Law enforcement conducted a forensic search on O'Sullivan's digital devices where they found the video depicting the drowning of the puppies and other animal crush videos.
Crush videos show animals being intentionally crushed, burned, drowned or subjected to serious bodily injury and are obscene.
The release said crush videos are illegal under federal law.
Other videos from O'Sullivan showed a dog's mouth is closed with duct tape as it is set on fire, a dog thrown off a high-rise building and mice and baby chicks being ground up in a blender.
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