A 20-year-old Aiken man was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after he admitted to strangling one dog and stabbing another in the eye, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


Kyle Magnus, of Shadowood Drive, was charged with two counts each of cruelty to animals and ill treatment of animals. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Tuesday afternoon.


Officers were first called to Magnus' home about 5 p.m. on Saturday by a woman who lived with him and said her dog was abused while she was gone, according to the report. Officers found a cut on the right eye of the bulldog, a cut on the scrotum, a toe nail removed from the right foot and a cut above the left eye.


Officers met with Magnus, who told them he was at a family member's home during the evening and returned home to find his television and computer missing, according to the report.


Officers then met with Magnus' mother at her home, according to the report. She told them that the TV and computer were brought to her home, and that she was on the phone with Magnus, “who told her that if police asked about the TV and computer, she did not have them.”


Officers then left for Magnus' home to conduct a health and safety check. They conducted an interview with Magnus on his front porch regarding his mental health.


“The suspect did ask for help that was offered and EMS was notified,” the report stated. “While waiting for EMS, the suspect informed (reporting officer) that he stabbed the dog in the eye.”


Magnus went on to tell the offer that the victim also had a Chihuahua, and that he started “flicking” the dog's teeth until three of them came out, according to the report.


“The suspect stated that when the dog lost three teeth, he felt that it was too noticeable and killed the dog by strangling it,” the report stated. “The suspect stated that he then broke the neck of the dog and discarded the animal in the Dumpster at Gatewood Apartments. The suspect informed the victim that the dog ran after a cat and he could not find it.”


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.