Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged a 14-year-old Flint resident with two criminal counts related to the recently publicized dog fighting case on E. Bishop Avenue in the City of Flint.

Count one is torturing animals which is a four-year felony and carries possible fines up to $5,000 for a single animal, plus $2,500 for each additional animal up to a maximum fine of $20,000.

Count two is dog fighting which is also a four-year felony and carries possible fines of up to $50,000 and/or community service of up to 1,000 hours.

In a statement, Leyton said "this is a very serious matter. We do not take such cases lightly and we will be pursuing the best course of action under the law in the pursuit of justice." He added that he wished "Michigan law provided harsher penalties under the circumstances."