After weeks of outrage, the Chicago area man who threw two dogs off of a parking garage roof has now received his comeuppance.
On Friday, 23-year-old Edward Hanania of Oak Lawn, Ill. received a sentence of five years for felony aggravated animal cruelty to run concurrently with another sentence of six years for violating his probation (due to an unrelated drug conviction), the Associated Press reports.
On May 20, surveillance cameras at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn captured Hanania driving to the top of the five-story parking garage and tossing two toy poodles over the edge. As the Chicago Tribune describes it:
“[Hanania] calmly walks around the front of the car, reaches into the opened passenger side to grab a white curly-haired object in each hand and proceeds to dump them over the ledge. With a slight pep to his step, he shuts the passenger door, heads back around to the driver’s side, and speeds off down the ramp toward the exit.”
A passerby then happened upon the two dogs lying injured on the ground below and alerted the authorities. While the younger dog, one-year-old Angel, survived the fall while sustaining broken legs, his father, four-year-old Güero, did not. Angel has since undergone surgery and is recovering.
Hanania obtained the dogs in the first place by responding to a Facebook post from a local who had found the lost dogs belonging to an elderly man nearby. Hanania pretended to be the owner, paid the finder a reward for locating “his” dogs and then went on his way.
It remains unclear why exactly Hanania then threw the dogs off the parking garage roof. “I can’t imagine why somebody would do it,” Division Chief Randy Palmer of Oak Lawn police told ABC.
Nevertheless, authorities quickly used the surveillance footage to capture Hanania, who eventually plead guilty to the charges and now faces his multi-year prison sentence.
As Palmer told the Chicago Tribune, “I would say that justice was served.”
Next, read up on the police dog who recently died because its handlers left it inside a hot car. Then, see the story of the Chinese dog meat eating festival that will reportedly no longer be selling dog meat.