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In this image, a pit bull looks out from a cage in the Liberty Humane Society shelter in New Jersey, July 24, 2007. Mario Tama/Getty Images

A former employee at a Louisiana animal rescue shelter admitted to encouraging a female coworker to have sex with a dog he owned.

Booker Thomas, 43, a former employee of the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter, admitted to District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. on Friday that he had asked his coworker, 24-year-old Celina Cabrera, to have sex with his pit bull, an act Thomas allegedly recorded in his phone.

Though the incident took place in December 2016, it came to light in February 2017 after Cabrera came forward and informed the Shreveport police about it.

Thomas denied the allegation during police interrogation; however, officials found text messages between him and Cabrera discussing the incident. Though the video of the incident involving Cabrera was not found in his phone, another video of the pit bull engaging in a sex act with another woman was recovered, ABC-affiliated television station KTBS reported.

While Cabrera pleaded guilty to “crimes against nature” in June 2017 and was sentenced to 18 months of active supervised probation, Thomas was given the same sentence Friday. Thomas was also asked to surrender custody of all his animals to Caddo Parish Animal Control and ordered not to own any animal for the next five years. He was also asked to undergo “a psychological evaluation for sex offenders” and take part in “any recommended psychological treatment,” the Shreveport Times reported.

In a similar incident in Lincolnshire, England, in 2017, a man was sentenced to a year in prison for encouraging his wife to have sex with three dogs, a St. Bernard, a black labrador and an Alsatian. Daniel Galloway, 65, was caught with nearly 200 images of his wife, Carol, having sex with the dogs. The accused told police that the incidents occurred after he and his partner “watched some doggy porn on the internet” after which he asked her “if she would give it a go,” the Lincolnshire Reporter reported.