On August 10, Brooklyn resident Fabian Henderson, who was arrested last month by ASPCA Special Agents for throwing his one-year-old Pit Bull, Oreo, from the roof of his housing project, was indicted by the Brooklyn D.A.’s office. The charges handed down include aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony, the misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, as well as criminal trespass in the third degree. If convicted, he could face more than two years in jail. Henderson, 19, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“On June 18, the ASPCA received a complaint that an animal was being beaten on the third floor of 28 W. Ninth St., where Henderson lives with his family,” says Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE). “A few minutes later, HLE received two more calls from people reporting a dog had been thrown off the roof.”
Upon their arrival, ASPCA officers found Oreo on the ground six floors below, badly broken, but alive. “We couldn’t believe the dog survived the six-story fall,” says ASPCA Special Agent Rivas. “We immediately took her to the nearest animal clinic, where she received emergency care.” As soon as she was stabilized, Oreo was transferred to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital where veterinarians treated her shattered legs, bruised lungs and severe internal bleeding. Surgery was also performed to reconstruct her front legs, using plates and screws.
“She's showing a lot of resilience. She's eating on her own, she's standing and she’s walking,” confirms Pentangelo. “But she has a long road ahead of her before a decision will be made regarding adoption.”