We are always disheartened by cases of animal cruelty, and we are entirely shocked and disturbed by this horrific report involving two toy poodles who were dropped from a fifth story parking structure in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

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WGN TV reports two toy poodles, father and son named Garo and Angel, were taken by Edward Hanania to the fifth floor of a hospital parking garage and thrown to the ground. Miraculously, little Angel survived, but not without severe injuries requiring intensive care, pins in his leg, and further surgery. Sadly, the father Garo did not survive this horrific incident.

Hanania was not the guardian of these beautiful dogs. He falsely claimed they were his when the dogs were posted on a lost and found page after they got loose from their home. Thanks to social media, the rightful owner, described as an elderly man, stepped forward with documentation proving the dogs were his, and reports say he was devastated in tears praying over the dead body of Garo.

Hanania has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in bond court; however, we must make sure that he is charged and his punishment matches the crimes. Animal abusers have long been linked to other violent crimes (Hanania has a criminal record and was spotted with another dog who disappeared), and their violence often escalates toward children and other vulnerable victims. Based on his criminal history and the premeditation and senseless violence of this crime, Hanania should get an appropriate punishment.

If you are disturbed by this news and would like to see justice served for these innocent animals and their heartbroken guardian, please sign this petition addressed to the Cook County Prosecutors’ Office demanding Hanania receives the maximum sentence for his crimes. Animal cruelty has long been overlooked and under-punished, and it is high time it is considered a serious violent crime deserving of harsher sentences.

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Please share this with friends and family and encourage them to sign the petition and join you in the fight against animal cruelty!

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Image Source: WGN News Chicago / wgntv.com

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