Dog shooting could be first prosecution under "Scruffy's Law"
8:11 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2006
Authorities in Sedgwick County are investigating whether a dog shooting earlier this week falls under the state's new animal cruelty law.
If so, it would be the first test of the so-called "Scruffy's" or "Magnum's Law." The law, which went into effect July 1, charges anyone found guilty of "intentionally and maliciously" killing or injuring an animal with a felony, facing at least 30 days in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
Robbie Balog of Wichita says a neighbor shot her daughter's Yorkshire terrier, Toma, in the leg with a pellet gun Thursday morning because of its barking. The pellet fractured one of Toma's front legs.
Investigators say the key is whether the neighbor's behavior was malicious and cruel.
The law is named after two dogs whose deaths led to calls for stiffer cruelty laws.