64-year-old Sheridan resident James Mack had his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday on a felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals charge. On July 26th, 2010, Mack allegedly beat a fawn to death in the front yard of his home on Thurmond Avenue in Sheridan. Mack was initially cited by the Wyoming Game and Fish and the State for two misdemeanors.
Earlier this week Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett said that Mack would be charged with a felony because of further acts of cruelty that were displayed by Mack on September 4th and 5th where Mack had thrown rocks at deer that were on his neighbors property.
Charging documents state that a neighbor witnessed Mack strike the fawn in the back of its legs with a shovel, and continued to beat the animal approximately five times before covering the fawn with a tarp like object. Mack then allegedly drug the animal to the south side of his house where he was observed picking the animal up and dropping it before cleaning off the sidewalk and shovel.
Circuit Court Judge John Sampson set a $5,000 cash only bond, which Mack posted. The conditions of the bond also state that Mack not have any contact with any of the witnesses in the case, and that he not be within 500 feet of any listed witnesses' residence, place of employment or place of education.