A Long Island man has been sentenced to jail after throwing a Chihuahua out of a third story window in August 2016. Dorian Quezada, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty in front of Queens Criminal Court Judge Toni M. Cimino last month.
On Wednesday, Acting Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Melendez sentenced Quezada to one year in jail, and subsequently banned him from owning any animal for five years following his incarceration. According to QNS, an eyewitness saw Quezada walking away from the window moments after the dog fell and landed on the ground. The shocked witness ran over to the dog who was whimpering in pain; the was bleeding from his mouth, suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle from the fall.
“It’s hard to imagine that someone would do something so cruel to their pet,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.
In a positive advancement towards the protection of animals that advocates actively continue to demand, Quezada will be required to register with the Department of Health as a convicted animal abuser and will be barred from adopting any pets from city shelters, rescue groups or pet stores.
Since the arrest and conviction of Quezada, the Chihuahua has recovered and has been adopted by a loving family.
(Photo of Chihuahua thrown from third story window via Facebook and not of dog in story)
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