The teen will be charged with one count of torturing animals and one count of dog fighting. Animal torture is a four-year felony charge with possible fines up to $5,000 for the first animal and $2,500 for each subsequent animal. Dog fighting is also a potential four-year felony with fines up to $50,000 and up to 1,000 hours of community service.
He will be tried as a juvenile.
Leyton told MLive the decision to use the jenvile system was made becasue it offers the maximum possible penalty.