Milan Rysa, the Astoria bodybuilder who allegedly threw his dog out a window to its death, appeared in court on Monday, but the case was adjourned until Dec. 1, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
The defendant was given a psychiatric evaluation at his attorney’s request earlier this month and was deemed fit to stand trial. He is still being held at a Bronx correctional facility because he has an outstanding warrant.
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 the night of Sept. 12. The ASPCA performed a necropsy on the canine the same day, according to its assistant director, Joseph Pentangelo, and found that the dog died from massive injuries due to blunt force trauma.
“Very often, because animals share their lives with us, they share the bad as well as the good,” Pentangelo said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, sometimes they are the victims of cruelty.”
Rysa is charged with animal cruelty and second-degree reckless endangerment because the dog nearly struck two women before hitting the pavement. He could face two years in prison if convicted.