LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- An elderly Pahrump man could face a jury trial in an animal abuse case from 2018, officials said Monday.
The charges against Phillip Peng, 73, move to Pahrump District Court after a hearing in the lower court resulted in a proceeding for a possible jury trial, said a spokesman of the Nye County District Attorney's Office.
Peng faces a charge of torturing, maiming, mutilating or killing an animal, a class D felony in Nevada. He is accused of drilling a hole in a desert tortoise's shell to leash it, then further abusing the animal by keeping it in water.
The veterinarian at the time of the discovery, July 2018, said the hole in the shell caused the tortoise extreme pain.