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Vallone seeks to boot dog killer from country

Pol starts letter-writing campaign, proposes creating abuser registry

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 2:20 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

This country is no place for a dog killer — that’s the view of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who has started a letter-writing campaign to get just such an individual deported.

“He tossed his dog out of a window, so now we should toss him out of the country,” Vallone said.

The dog killer is Milan Rysa, an illegal immigrant from the Czech Republic living in Astoria, who last year threw his shar-pei, Brooklyn, out of a third-story window on Steinway Street to its death.

Rysa pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment and served two-thirds of his 364-day term, Vallone said. Now, he faces deportation. A hearing to decide his fate will be held in May.

Vallone, who is an avid animal rights supporter, has written letters to both the judge in charge of Rysa’s case and Immigration and Customs Enforcement encouraging deportation.

Rysa’s crime sparked outrage across Queens. Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, based in Astoria, organized a protest vigil in Brooklyn’s memory outside Rysa’s apartment in the days following the crime.

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.

Rysa’s attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

This is not the first time Vallone has gone to bat for his four-legged constituents.

He recently introduced legislation to create an animal-abuser registry, similar to the sex-offender registry. It would prohibit those convicted of animal abuse from ever owning a pet again. A violation would be a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in jail. Vallone hasn’t said where the funding would come from yet.

The database would be run by the city Department of Health and the list would be provided to animal shelters and pet stores. There are currently registries in Suffolk and Rockland counties, and Albany — the only ones in the country.

The bill was referred to the council’s Committee on Health on Sept. 12. It is being supported by several Queens Council members — Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).

“Of course, we want to protect animals from being abused and to keep abusers from pet ownership,” James McClelland, a spokesman for Koo, said. “We looked at the Suffolk County registry, which is working very well, and we thought it would be a good thing for New York City. In Suffolk County, they found a correlation between people who abuse animals and other crimes. Since it is just a registry, the cost is nominal and would not have a big impact on taxpayers.”

Vallone said anyone who wishes to write a letter in favor of Rysa’s deportation should address it to: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, 26 Federal Plaza, 9th Floor, Suite 9-110, New York, NY 10278.

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