COPS have arrested three men and seized farm animals as part of a probe into a suspected Scotland-wide bestiality ring.
An undercover operation was launched after horrifying snaps of humans having sex with horses and ponies were sent to officers and the Scottish SPCA.
Three suspects — Josh Paterson, 19, Jordan Turnbull, 27, and Mark Findlater, 32 — are due to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court this week.
The alleged sexual offences are said to have been committed in Aberdeenshire and Angus last month.
A source said: “The Scottish SPCA and police were alerted by a tip-off and an investigation was launched.”
Several animals were removed by welfare chiefs following searches of farms and stables.
A cop spokeswoman confirmed three men had been arrested.
She added: “A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
A Scottish SPCA special investigations unit undercover inspector added: “We can confirm we assisted Police Scotland in this case.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.”