A Michigan teen who engaged in alleged dog fighting activities has been formally charged.
According to Mlive.com, the 14-year-old teen from Flint was charged earlier this week by Genessee County Prosecutor, David Leyton.
Several dogs were seized from the suspected dog fighting ring earlier this month. Some of the seized dogs were grievously wounded and several had to be euthanized due to the severity of their wounds.
One of the dogs, a Chocolate Labrador retriever, had multiple bite wounds, a broken tail and rectal injuries.
In light of the severity of the dogs’ injuries, the teen is facing felony charges, including animal torture and dog fighting. The charges carry significant penalties, including four years for animal torture with possible fines up to $5,000 for the first animal and $2,500 for subsequent animals.
The dog fighting charge has a potential four-year felony sentence with fines up to $50,000, in addition to community service.
The prosecutor has chosen to try the 14-year-old teen as a juvenile, explaining to Mlive.com that the juvenile system carries the maximum penalty.
Read more at this link to Mlive.com.
Read a prior article on this dog fighting case here.
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