An Aiken man has been arrested and is facing animal cruelty charges.
Captain David Turno, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, confirms 20-year-old Kyle Magnus was arrested and charged in connection to incidents that happened on Saturday on the 300 block of Shadow. Capt. Turno says Magnus was arrested Sunday.
According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office Detainee Search, Magnus is still being held at the Aiken County Detention Center and is charged with two (2) counts of Cruelty to Animals, and two 2 (counts) of Ill Treatment of Animals.
According to a police incident report, officers met with a female acquaintance of Magnus', who told them Magnus had abused her bulldog while she was away Friday night into Saturday morning. Officers observed a cut on the dog's right eye, and a cut on the dog's scrotum. Officers also noticed a toe nail had been removed from the dog's right foot, and there was a small cut above the dog's left eye.
The woman told officers, when she returned home, in addition to the dog's injuries, she noticed blood around her bedroom, and a hole in the wall close to her bed.
Magnus told officers he was not home during the evening and returned to find his television and computer missing. Magnus also told officers the apartment was locked when he returned.
During the investigation, Magnus' mother was interviewed and she had the computer and television. She told investigators her son told her to deny having the items if asked by police, according to the report. She also told investigators Magnus told her he did not have long to live and that she "should burn for the things that he has done".
After further investigation, it was learned that Magnus had killed another dog, a chihuahua, in July. Magnus told officers he started flicking the dog's teeth until 3 fell out and thought that it was too noticeable, so he broke the dog's neck and discarded the dog into a dumpster. The victim confirmed she had her chihuahua that went missing in July, and that Magnus had told the dog ran off.
Magnus was transported by EMS for a voluntary evaluation.
The South Carolina Animal Cruelty statute says that the death or mutilation of an animal could be treated as a felony.
We will continue to follow this story and provide more information when it becomes available.
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