Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office announced on Monday in Bristol, Ind. that Marquis Gary, 16, will be charged with felony animal cruelty as an adult for allegedly throwing a lit firework at a young pit bull puppy on Main Street in July. The teen also faces charges of armed robbery in an unrelated incident.
According to Fox28.com, the county's deputy prosecuting attorney stated Gary was "beyond the rehabilitation of the juvenile system."
The heartbreaking story of a one-year-old pit bull mix who caught a lit firework in his mouth happened on July 5. When the Elkhart City Police arrived, the dog was bleeding and shivering. Half of his face was reportedly blown away from the explosion. The puppy was taken to the Humane Society of Elkhart County where he was humanely euthanized.
A $5,000 reward was offered by the Humane Society of the United States for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
Sadly no one even knew the identity of the dog; he wore no collar nor was he micro-chipped.
Gary was transferred to the Elkhart County Jail. His bond for the animal cruelty charge is $5,000 and $50,000 for the armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Rest in peace innocent puppy.
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