A 43-year-old woman says she caught her boyfriend having sex with her pet Maltese dog on video this week, having set up a surreptitious camera in her apartment after she noticed the pup was uncharacteristically hiding in the home.

The Daily News reports that the woman, who has not been identified, suspected something was wrong with the Maltese, named Princess. "The dog was hiding in the house,” she said. “She never hides. I had a feeling there was something going on in my house.” So she set up a camera inside the Clinton Street apartment, and on Wednesday, boyfriend Jesus Gutierrez, 39, was allegedly caught on tape with his pants down "sodomizing the dog with his fingers" and "rubb[ing] himself against the dog's genitals," according to the News. "It’s sick. I confronted him," the woman told the paper, adding that she alerted police.

Guitierrez was arrested on Wednesday and charged with criminal mischief, sexual misconduct and torturing an animal. Princess, who was treated by veterinarians, suffered "some bruises," but is otherwise healthy. Guitierrez's attorney says his client was drunk during the incident and is "a father to six children and a hard-working man."

Guitierrez's girlfriend, who has since kicked him out, says he needs help. "To be honest, he’s not a bad guy. He’s probably been doing this a long time, since he was little," she said.