A Las Cruces man who let his dog kill a fawn in southern Colorado, then posted photos and video of the incident on social media, drawing outrage, has been charged with several crimes.
“This is a disturbing case,” Rick Basagoitia, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a Monday news release. “We’ve heard from many members of the public wanting CPW to investigate.”
Michael Garcia, 36, is charged with illegal possession of wildlife, allowing his dog to harass wildlife and unlawful taking of wildlife, the agency said.
According to the CPW officer’s report, after the killing Garcia posted photos of the dog and the dead animal on social media, which was reported to Operation Game Thief, prompting an investigation.
Screenshots of Garcia’s posts were shared by multiple media outlets and other social media users on multiple platforms.
One of the photos posted to Facebook, which has since been taken down, showed the baby deer skinned and displayed next to Garcia’s dog, Gus. In the post, referred to the deer as Gus’ “first big game kill.”