By Jonathan Sperling
Queens Daily Eagle
A Far Rockaway woman who allegedly threw her dog into a trash compactor chute was indicted on animal cruelty charges Thursday, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
A 29-year-old woman allegedly thought she was throwing the pup into an incinerator when she decided to toss the animal into a trash chute located on the seventh floor of her apartment building. When questioned by investigators, she told them “I threw the dog down the incinerator because I don’t like him,” prosecutors said.
The dog survived the fall and was not crushed by the compactor thanks to a building employee and a Good Samaritan who rescued the pup, but the animal did sustain multiple injuries.
“The defendant is accused of one of the most unthinkable acts — tossing an animal into a garbage disposal chute. It is hard to imagine that someone would do something so cruel,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement. “This office remains committed to aggressively enforcing the laws that protect all animals from those who would harm or abuse a pet.”
The woman was allegedly caught on surveillance video throwing the dog into the hallway from her Beach 59th Street apartment on Jan. 29. She then allegedly picked up the dog by its neck and walked into the garbage room. When she left the garbage room, she was no longer seen holding the dog.
Prosecutors say the dog sustained cuts, bruises and a fractured rib as a result of the mistreatment.
The woman was arraigned before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron on charges of attempted aggravated cruelty to animals, second-degree criminal mischief and overdriving, torturing or injuring an animal. She is ordered to return to court on June 26.