A man from Chicago, pretended to be the owner of two lost poodles before throwing them off a five-story parking garage, gets five years in prison.
Edward Hanania, 23, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for felony aggravated animal cruelty in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Hanania will serve a concurrent six year prison sentence for violating his probation on an different drug conviction, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
‘I would say that justice was served,’ Oak Lawn police Chief Randy Palmer told the Daily Southtown in reaction to the verdict.
Prosecutors said Hanania pretended he was the owner of two poodles who were found roaming the streets in Chicago, Illinois in May.
He claimed to be the dogs’ owner after a Good Samartian posted pictures of the two poodles to say they had found them on a local Facebook page.
The ‘troubled’ student gave the woman who found them a $20 reward and snatched the dogs, but threw them off the fifth floor of a hospital parking garage a day later.
Angel, the 14-month-old pooch survived as she fell on a grass patch but suffered a broken leg and bruised lungs.
The devastated dog had a pin put in his leg in two places during surgery on Tuesday and is said to be recovering well, KFOR reported.
Her six-year-old father Garo sadly died after falling on the concrete sidewalk.
Investigators believe Hanania threw the dogs off the fifth floor after the real owner, an older man, turned up a shortly after with official documents to claim them.
The owner is now said to be distraught over what happened to his pets after they escaped from his home.
Prosecutors said hospital surveillance video shows a man pulling to the top of the parking deck, climbing from his car, looking over the shelf before walking back to the vehicle before the animals were thrown to the ground.
The case was closely followed by animal welfare advocates, who showed up to each of Hanania’s court appearances and held a rally.
‘I think our presence played a part in it, I really do,’ said Peggy O’Leary, one of the activists.
‘The state’s attorney came out last time and talked to us and said the judge was aware we were here keeping tabs on this guy.’