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Scruffy And Magnum Changed Kansas Law

August 1, 2010


In 1997, a Yorkshire terrier named Scruffy was beaten and burned alive in Kansas City. Four young men aged 17 to 21 choked the tiny dog, tied him in a trash bag, and set the bag on fire. When that didn’t kill the dog, the men attemped to decapitate Scruffy with a shovel and finally beat the dog to death. They had videotaped their horrific acts and made copies as entertainment to share with their friends.

Those responsible were caught, but under the current laws of the time, the abusers were charged only with a misdemeanor for torturing Scruffy. More severe felony charges were brought for arson because they had set him on fire. The community was outraged over the case, but Scruffy’s Law to make animal cruelty a felony was struck down several times by the Kansas Senate.

Then, in Wichita on August 1, 2005, citizens passing by a recycling bin heard muffled sounds. They stopped to look inside the container. There they found an 11 week old Labrador-mix puppy near death. The puppy had multiple injuries, including a broken leg, cuts, and chemical burns over much of his body. He had been bound with wire and one paw had been stuffed into his mouth. He had been tortured, then thrown away to die.

The puppy was taken to Heartland Animal Hospital where veterinarians and staff named him Magnum and tried their best to save him. But, alas, Magnum passed away just a few days later.

News of the puppy hit the community quickly. Most people were outraged that anyone would treat a puppy the way Magnum had been treated. Magnum’s death would not be in vain, though. Veterinarians and other animal lovers in the community were determined that something would change and change quickly. Animal cruelty and Kansas’ lax animal cruelty laws had made the front page again and this time the community’s voice would be heard. Senate bill No.408, dubbed “Magnum’s Law”, passed. It would impose mandatory jail time of at least 30 days in jail, a fine of $500-$5,000, and mandatory psychological evaluation for convicted offenders.

Magnum Force of Kansas is the organization that spearheaded this campaign to change the law. So far they have accumulated an $18,348 reward fund for information leading to the capture and prosecution of the people who committed this heinous crime.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2013 5:24 AM

    The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a
    40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I
    had to share it with someone!

    • June 12, 2013 10:26 AM

      Wow! This is not as completely off topic as it seems at first. Your cousin is not only a destructive moron, but she has no respect for you or your property. I’m glad that it was just an Ipad and not your dog or cat. Next time it might be. My questions are: what kind of revenge did you exact on her and when does she get out of the hospital? Your cousin is dangerous and you should make sure everyone knows it. She got a kick out of what she did, so she’ll be looking for her next adrenaline rush and won’t care how she gets it, or who she hurts in the process. Like I always say, Humans are scum… and she certainly qualifies!

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