A man who posed as the owner of two small dogs after they were reported missing has been jailed for throwing them off the roof of a garage.
Edward Hanania responded to a Facebook advert, paid a reward to the person who found the dogs – a pair of toy poodles.
He then drove them to the top of the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Chicago, and threw them to the ground.
Surveillance cameras show him pulling to the top of the parking deck, climbing out of his car, looking over the ledge then walking back to the vehicle to get the dogs.
One of the dogs was killed while the other survived with broken legs and needed surgery.
Hanania, 23, was jailed for five years for felony aggravated animal cruelty and six years in prison for violating his probation on an unrelated drug conviction.
The two sentences will run concurrently, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
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.’