Last month gruesome reports of entailing the roadside burning of a live deer surfaced, sparking outrage across the nation.  With only a vehicle description, police investigated the incident with vigor and announced yesterday that they have made an arrest in the case.

Authorities arrested 18-year-old Christopher Hodges of Mentone, Indiana in connection with the brutal case of animal cruelty.  Now sitting in Fulton County Jail, the 18-year-old faces a level 6 felony count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

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Christopher Hodges

Police also issued an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Mark Shepherd, also of Mentone, whom police believe acted with Hodges in the heinous incident.  He too is charged with the level 6 felony charge but remains at large.

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The joint operation between the Fulton Count Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources uncovered that the two men had been driving down Ind. 25 in a red 1994 Chevrolet Camaro when they struck a deer.  Police stated that the men turned the vehicle around, located the still-alive deer and proceeded to douse the animal in gasoline before setting it on fire.

 

 

H/T: Pharos-Tribune