Elkhart County, Ind. The Elkhart County Prosecutor filed formal charges against a 16-year-old accused of throwing fireworks at a dog in July.
The formal petition for delinquency was filed in juvenile court against Marquis Gary, who was only 15 at the time of the incident. He's charged with Cruelty to an Animal, a Class D Felony.
According to charging documents, Gary threw a firecracker at a pit bull on July 5. The dog picked the firecracker up with her mouth and it exploded, resulting in serious injuries.
According to the prosecutor's office, those injuries included "the obliteration of the bones of the nasal sinuses allowing for the cavities to fill with blood, and a shattered hard palate in the roof of her mouth which destroyed her oral cavity. In addition, the dog’s lower mandible was fractured in numerous places removing the structural support to her lower jaw."
Police were called to the 300 block of Gross Street, where neighbors say the dog was lying in an alley between two homes. Because of its injuries, the Humane Society had no choice but to euthanize the pit bull.
A $5,000 reward was offered by Indiana's division of the Humane Society of the United States for information leading to an arrest. It's unclear if that reward will be collected.
In addition to the animal cruelty charge, another petition for delinquency was filed against Gary. During the investigation, attorneys discovered another case that was pending prosecution.
Gary is one of three individuals accused of threatening the use of force with a deadly weapon while trying to take money from someone on June 13.
As a result, he faces a charge of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill wants to move both cases to adult court.
“My review of the circumstances surrounding these investigations and leading up to the Petitions for Delinquency in both matters leads me to believe that the juvenile justice system will not benefit Marquis Gary, and that it is in the best interest of the safety and welfare of this community that he stand trial as an adult,” Hill said in a press release.
Gary's first hearing is Tuesday.