Man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

Charles Tyran Young
Staff Writer

A Clay County man pleads not guilty to charges of trapping a deer, tying it to a concrete block and then trying to sell it on Facebook.

Charles Tyran Young, 24, entered the not guilty pleas to three charges during a brief hearing in Clay County Justice Court Thursday morning. His case is set for trial April 12 on the misdemeanor charges.

Young's Facebook posts with the deer are what alerted investigators with the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks of the potential crimes.

Young is charged with animal cruelty, unlawful possession of game, and unlawful sale of game. He is free on $1,569.75 bond pending next month's hearing.

After he started posting the pictures on the social media site, someone pointed out it was illegal and contacted game wardens.

Some of the charges are class 1 misdemeanors which are among the most serious misdemeanors, falling just short of penalties associated with felonies. They carry mandatory fines of between $2,000 and $5,000 and five days in the county jail. They also forfeit all hunting and fish rights for at least 12 months from the date of conviction.

Another clause in the statute allows the judge to add in another $100 per animal offered for sale.