Justice for Marcus the Cat
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On May 17, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Taylor Winum allegedly tortured and brutalized his (now) ex-girlfriend's cat, Marcus, resulting in such horrific injuries that Marcus had to be euthanized. This barbarous act of cruelty was caught on videotape at the apartment complex. The tape showed that Winum carried Marcus by the throat, threw him violently by the head to the ground, and repeatedly tried to break Marcus' neck by squeezing it with extreme force and twisting it. At one point Marcus was able to escape but Winum chased him down, caught him, and continued to beat Marcus mercilessly and slamming him to the ground. The vet report noted swelling and evidence of trauma to Marcus’ head, he was unable to close his broken jaw, and he had a traumatic skull fracture, among other injuries.
Winum has been charged with felony animal cruelty. The pain, suffering and horror that Marcus endured at the hands of Winum are unspeakable.
The link between domestic violence and violence towards animals is well-established. In one study, it found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.
Cruelty to animals is an extremely serious crime and needs to be treated as such. This petition is demanding that Winum be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The court must remove all animals in possession of someone convicted of animal cruelty; may put them on probation wherein they can’t own, care for, or have custody of animals; require psychological, behavioral, or other counseling; and require periodic visits by animal control to ensure a convicted person doesn’t have animals.
On August 9, 2017, a motion was granted allowing Winum, among other things, to have “incidental contact with animals” while the court case is going on. This is very concerning and shows that the justice system does not understand and/or address these cases correctly. Winum had “incidental contact” with Marcus and the result was a horrible act of violence.
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City Pages article, August 3, 2017 -
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