Man charged with throwing pit bull Oreo from N.Y. building fails to appear at sentencing, faces jail time
Fabian Henderson, the man accused of throwing his pit bull, Oreo, from a six-story Brooklyn, N.Y., building this past summer, faces up to four years in jail following his failure to attend his sentencing hearing earlier this week.
Henderson was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal trespassing and "overdriving, torturing and injuring animals" in the incident, which left the dog with severe injuries that included multiple leg fractures, a broken rib, bruised lungs and internal bleeding, according to the Brooklyn district attorney's office. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge in October.
The New York Daily News reported that Henderson's initial plea would have spared him jail time, although it would have barred him from owning a dog again. However, there's now a warrant out for his arrest as a result of his decision to skip the sentencing.
"It's just another incidence of anti-social behavior," Joseph Pentangelo of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the organization that cared for Oreo while she recovered from her injuries and later felt the wrath of many in the animal-rescue community for its controversial decision to euthanize the dog because of aggression issues, told the Daily News. "It's indicative of a person who has very little respect for the law."