The case of Milan Rysa, the Astoria man who allegedly killed a dog he supposedly loved by throwing it from a third-story window onto the sidewalk, has sickened animal lovers everywhere, none more so than here in Queens.
Whether Rysa is found guilty or not — he is seeking a psychiatric exam to determine his fitness for trial —the case and the reaction to it demonstrate the need to increase penalties for abuse of animals.
The most Rysa could get for killing his dog would be one year in prison, plus one more for endangering people on the sidewalk. That’s not enough. People found guilty of such crimes should go to prison for years. Every day science reveals new evidence that we are more closely related to the Earth’s other animals than we ever realized. They need further protections from the animals who live among us.