An Oak Lawn, Illinois man accused of throwing two toy poodles off the top of a parking garage at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Saturday remains in custody after his bond was set at $350,000. Edward Hanania, 22, has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Oak Lawn police stated Hanania falsely claimed he owned the two poodles after the dogs were found wandering the streets on Thursday. When the woman who found the dogs posted an ad on social media, Hanania went to her house, gave her a $20 reward and claimed the dogs were his. The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance.
One of the dogs died and the other – a year-old named Angel survived; he suffered bruised lungs and a broken leg.
According to Hanania’s defense attorney, Chuck Ingles, his client denies throwing the dogs stating he didn’t do it, but signed a confession. He claimed there was a third person. Police are investigating a claim Hanania had been seen walking a third dog before the incident. Hanania is not expected to bail out, but the judge ruled if he does, he is required to surrender any pets in his possession or living with him at his parents’ home. Prosecutors also plan to charge him with violating the conditions of his parole for a prior felony drug charge for selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. He was convicted and sentenced to two years probation.
The Animal Welfare League posted the story and an update on Angel:
“Once the Animal Welfare League had the surviving dog stabilized, a microchip was discovered and the dog’s true owner was contacted. The owner, a man who wishes to remain anonymous as this heartbreaking moment in his life is surreal. The owner is completely distraught over the loss of the oldest dog named Guerro and the suffering of his youngest dog named Angel. Angel wagged his bruised little tail with joy when he saw his owner. Both dogs were well cared for, a member of the family. Angel the Poodle has the sweetest personality. He is very loving and likes to give kisses. He will need surgery to have pins put in his leg. He is in good spirits, but on a long road to recovery. Surgery is scheduled for May 23rd and his recovering update will be given throughout the next week. The miracle of surviving such a fall is beyond amazing. This dog named Angel appears to have his own little doggie guardian angel. The Animal Welfare League would like to give a Special Thanks to the Oak Lawn Police and Detectives for finding and containing the man who committed this horrible act of violence to these two poor defenseless animals.”
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