During the evening hours of March 7-8 1997, intruders broke into Noah's Ark , a no-kill, non-profit, cat and dog rescue shelter, for 'something fun to do on a weekend night'. At that time, seventy to seventy-five cats were awaiting new homes at the Fairfield, Iowa cat sanctuary, where they lived happily in a pleasant two-story house. The intruders viciously beat more than thirty of the resident cats of this loving sanctuary with baseball bats. A sanctuary where David and Laura Sykes, the founders and managers of this extraordinary shelter, had sacrificed and struggled to provide every comfort, necessity and luxury they could afford or manage to provide. Sixteen cats died of their injuries, another twelve were injured, three of them critically. Three cats were never found, and many of the cats were traumatized and afraid of human contact for many weeks afterward. A seventeenth cat, Thomas, died several months later from injuries sustained in the attack.
On October 10, 1999, a beautiful female cat came willingly to the four boys who stopped on the side of the road and called to her. Her trust was rewarded by unthinkable terror and cruelty - being used as a tug-of-war toy until the boys heard something "pop", having her legs broken, being jumped up and down on like a trampoline. Even when her pitiful battered body was mercifully dead, her suffering was not at an end. The boys then placed her ravaged body under the wheel of their car, braking over her, as they drove off to find other amusement.
Scruffy was a 12 year old Yorkshire Terrier, whose life began and ended with abuse. As a puppy, Scruffy was abused and shuffled from home to home. After a period of time, he went to live with a caring family, the Whitmire's of Kansas City, Kansas. The Whitmire's took Scruffy in after hearing about his abusive past, and decided to give Scruffy to their granddaughter. It seemed as if Scruffy was going to be able to live out the rest of his life in peace, in a home where he was loved and well cared for. He now had the love of a little girl who wanted nothing but to love him and play with him, and it appeared Scruffy's nightmare was finally over. Scruffy enjoyed his new life and the love of this little girl, and she grew up and eventually had a child of her own. Now Scruffy's life was complete, he was the cherished pet of a family, and had everything a little dog wants and needs to be happy. Unfortunately what happened next was worse than anything anyone could have imagined. June 27, 1997 was the day Scruffy is alleged to have met with Jose Gutierrez - age 17, Marcus Rodriguez - age 18, Richard Golubski - age 20 and Lance Arsenalt - age 21. This is the day Scruff's nightmare began and eventually ended with his murder.
Once again, youthful suspects, this time from Indiana University, committed an abhorrent act of violence on four neighborhood cats in the town of Bloomington, Indiana USA July 31, 1997. After luring the four unsuspecting cats into a fenced backyard, they heartlessly poured hairspray over them and using a cigarette lighter, set them on fire. Passing motorists saw one of the cats, Olivia, managed to catch her and rushed her to an emergency veterinarian office. Of the four cats, Olivia was the most injured. She had third-degree burns over forty percent of her body and her veterinarian costs were reported to be over $15,000. Sadly on October 12, 1997 Olivia lost her courageous fight and crossed over to the Bridge.