Scott M. Klasinsky

Starved a dog for nearly 2 months, then threw him in a trash bag while still alive

Kansas City, KS

Feb. 28, 1998

On February 28, 1998, a landlord was checking his rental because the tenant had moved. He found a black plastic bag in an unheated crawl space. Thinking it was just trash, he picked it up and it moved. He opened the bag and called the police. Inside was Vinnie, the Beagle, who was severely emaciated, but still alive. Vinnie tried to get up but was too weak to do so. His body temperature was 10 degrees below normal, and he had a critically low blood sugar. He weighed 13 pounds.

Vinnie was rushed to a veterinarian by the police and treated for low blood pressure, severe malnutrition and dehydration.  At first, he was unresponsive, his condition was extremely critical and he was not expected to survive, but after 3 hours started to respond to treatment.  After being stabilized, he was moved to the Animal Medical Center in Kansas and by 3/10 was already up to 25 pounds.

Scott Klasinsky, 27, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He was accused of starving the dog for nearly two months and then abandonment.

At his court appearance on March 19, 1998, Klasinski plead not guilty for the 2 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, which carry a maximum sentence of 12 months in the county jail.

On March 26, 1998, Klasinsky was given a sentence of 6 months in jail after he plead guilty on one count of animal abuse.

Vinnie was adopted by a retired couple with 5 acres of land with lots of time and love to give.


Justice for Vinnie