In a disturbing act of animal cruelty, authorities in Key West rescued three endangered Key deer bound with twine in both the back seat and trunk of a car after the driver of the vehicle was stopped on Sunday morning.
According to the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, a deputy from Monroe County pulled the vehicle over in Big Pine Key because of a broken tail light. Moments later, the officer noticed two deer struggling to get free in the backseat. He then found a third deer in the trunk. The two men, identified as Erik Acosta, 18, of Miami Gardens and 23-year-old Tumani Younge were arrested at the scene for multiple charges, including felonies and misdemeanors for injuring an endangered species, and animal cruelty. They were booked into Monroe County Jail.
The deer were untied, checked over and released back into the woods in an effort to prevent further stress. Two of the deer ran directly into the woods. The third, a buck was still around the area, grazing, but continues to be monitored by wildlife personnel.
(Photos courtesy of Florida FWC)
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