Virginia kennel owner charged with bestiality, animal abuse after videos surface

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVLT/WREG) -- A Virginia woman who ran a dog kennel company with her husband has been accused of sexually abusing animals and recording it, according to WREG.

Christina Patterson, 42, faces six counts of bestiality and six counts of animal cruelty.

According to officials, the investigation into Patterson and her husband, 47-year-old Richard Patterson, began in 2017 when the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms obtained a search warrant to investigate their company, Imperial K-9, LLC.

Computers seized from their residence revealed videos of the couple engaged in acts of bestiality, according to a release from the Suffolk Police Department.

In an effort to help her husband dodge gun charges, Patterson transferred ownership of the kennel company to a third party, officials said.

In 2017, Richard Patterson was arrested for having 17 firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. He is held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail on federal charges. Christina Patterson is there as well.