It’s a Dog’s Life in BrooklynNovember 10th, 2005 at 9:47 am by Preston Taylor Holmes
It doesn’t get much lower than this. Brooklyn man beats his mother, throws family dog out fifth-floor window.
The dog, a 55-pound pit bull mix named Gemini, was killed.
Police said the suspect, Alan DeCosta, 31, attacked his 48-year-old mother with a vacuum cleaner before hurling the dog. Charges against him were pending.
Officers responding to a report of an emotionally disturbed person found Gemini at about 8 a.m. on the sidewalk outside the home in the Crown Heights section. They arrested DeCosta after his mother told them he had assaulted her; she was treated for bruises to her neck, head and back.
On the bright side, it was a pit bull.
Apparently, throwing dogs out of apartment windows is a growing trend in Brooklyn. Just a few months ago, a deranged Brooklyn woman went after her estranged husband with a hammer, then threw his dog Poochie out of a sixth-story window.
“She just threw him (the dog called Poochie) right out. Then she picked up the carcass and tossed him in the garbage,” the dazed and still-bleeding husband told the New York Post.
When police arrived, the woman told them, she was cleaning and threw the dog out of the window by accident.
The husband said he was to move his things out Monday, but wasn’t doing it quickly enough for his wife. He said she had been drinking and flew into a rage, the report said. Later, the two ran downstairs to the sidewalk, where they found Poochie’s body.
The woman faces charges of torturing an animal and assaulting her husband.
Potential sentence for animal torture: 30 years-to-life; potential sentence for assaulting her husband: 90 days and community service.
Long-time companions Itchy and Scratchy were unavailable for comment.