PLACERVILLE, Calif. (CN) - Two men were arrested with a poached deer carcass in the back of their Toyota SUV after several drivers called 911 to report blood dripping from the back of the vehicle, Nov. 18, an El Dorado County paper reported Monday.
Upon investigation by the Department of Fish and Game, it was learned that the two men "illegally shot the spike male deer with a shotgun off Ponderosa Road, and after the deer collapsed, threw it in the back of the Toyota. Shortly thereafter, [when the car drove] away, the deer regained consciousness and began struggling. One or both of the subjects used an edged weapon to stab the deer until it finally died," according to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office press release.
"Not knowing exactly what they were dealing with, Deputies and CHP Officers conducted a felony stop on the car and detained the two occupants. Inside the Toyota was the carcass of a recently killed deer and there was an extensive amount of blood strewn about the interior of the car and on the two subjects," the press release continues.
The local paper reported that the two men, Scott Lee, 46, and Nai Saechao, 32, were arrested on multiple hunting-related charges, including poaching and felony animal cruelty, booked into county jail, and released on bail later that night.
Officials with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office were not available for comment by press time.
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