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Alleged puppy killer due back in court on Oct. 7

Held at Rikers pending a psych exam

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Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Milan Rysa, the Astoria bodybuilder who allegedly threw his dog out a third-floor window to its death, will be spending a little more time in prison as he awaits his next court date.

Rysa was in Queens Criminal Court on Friday, but the case was adjourned until Oct. 7, because he had not yet received a psychiatric evaluation as requested by his attorney, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

After he was arrested on Sept. 12, Rysa posted the $3,000 bail and was released, but after his first court date on Sept. 22 he was sent to Rikers Island, where he continues to be held, as is the procedure whenever someone requests a psychiatric exam, according to Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for the Queens DA.

Rysa, 30, allegedly tossed his 50-pound shar-pei, Brooklyn, out of his apartment window on Steinway Street at around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Ryan said. He is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing the animal and second-degree reckless endangerment because the canine nearly struck two women before hitting the pavement. He could face two years in prison if convicted.

The bodybuilder has numerous pictures of himself with the dog on MySpace and Facebook, where he appears to be interacting with it in a loving way. Rysa may have turned on the animal while experiencing roid rage, extremely aggressive behavior caused by taking large doses of steroids.

Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, based in Astoria, organized a protest vigil in Brooklyn’s memory on Sept. 20 outside Rysa’s apartment. One attendee pasted a flier with the word “murderer” above a picture of the dead dog on Rysa’s building, while other attendees held photos of the bodybuilder with the words “puppy killer” written across them.

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