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DA: Woodside Man Beats Dog to Death, then Dumps its Body in Parking Lot

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Aug. 8, 2018 By Christian Murray

A Woodside man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s Shih-Tzu to death and then dumping its body in a nearby parking lot.

Brando Henriquez, 23, allegedly killed the dog at his girlfriend’s Broad Channel residence on July 15, after being put in charge of looking after it while his girlfriend went out.

Upon the dog’s death, Henriquez allegedly put it in a white plastic bag and dumped it–while hiding the fact from his girlfriend.

When his girlfriend returned home, she wondered why the dog had vanished. Henriquez told her he didn’t know what had happened to it and that it must have run out of the house, according to the District Attorney’s office.

His girlfriend put up ‘lost dog’ posters in the area hoping that the dog—called Lavonia– would be found alive. However, days later, his girlfriend’s mother and brother discovered the dog’s remains in a white plastic bag at a parking lot several blocks east of her residence.

When police investigated the incident, they secured video footage of Henriquez leaving his girlfriend’s residence carrying a white plastic bag containing a lump on July 15. Additional footage was captured of Henriquez walking with the bag in the direction of where the dog’s carcass was found.

The police conducted a necropsy on the dog, which found it in an advanced state of decomposition consistent with it dying around July 15. The dog also had four rib fractures due to blunt force trauma.

Henriquez was arraigned on Friday, Aug. 3, with his next court appearance set at Aug. 22. Henriquez faces up to two years in prison.

“The defendant is accused of…brutally killing a small helpless dog and heartlessly offering false hope to his girlfriend and family by making them thing the dog had just run away,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “For the next four days she and family members searched the area…only to find the dog’s remains where the defendant allegedly disposed of them.”

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Sunnysider

This kids beat his girlfriends up, and now murdered another ones dog? I hope he get his karma and is put away for life.

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Lizette

The family’s full of Trump supporters who don’t care about the lives of people who aren’t white, why should we care about their animal?

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Shea

Idk I wouldn’t be too quick that judge. Those are the worst dogs on earth and out of a 130 species they are the 128 dumbest. It could have did something awful, he granted overreacted but didn’t mean to kill it. Then when realizing how weak it had to be for that to kill it he panicked and didn’t know what to do other than hide it because know people care more about animals than kids… abuse a kid keep it and go to a glass, abuse a dog and watch out you’re going to jail!!! Stupidity of modernity. Btw if dude was raised by drug addicts and has a mental illness you people bragging about beating him up are way worse than him and partially why he turned out that way. Your town sounds like garbage and I wouldn’t throw stones in a clearly glass house…

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47 VEGASSS

that kid BRANDO and his mother are on wild drugs his mother lets all of sunnyside and woodside in her home . NOT SURPRISED HER CHILD HASNT BEEN IN JAIL …

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Lavonia Love

Kill himself! Cause he got caught! Should have done it before and instead of killing my Lavonia!

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lavonias ghost

lady maybe you should worry about why all of your kids are on drugs and how your old ass daughter got hooked up with a kid 10 years her junior. and how do we know she didn’t kill the dog before leaving the house? THEYRE ALL ON DRUGS!

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ysd

if you know how to refer to me then contact me directly. show me where i defended anything except myself.

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Joanna Minos

He needs to find help for his mental condition!!! Abusing animals should be the same as abusing humans. And an even worse penalty for animals because they cannot talk and are helpless!

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Woodside4Lyfe

Goood that he’s going to jail. Poor puppy…. I beat this kid up a couple of times he deserved it before. He got mental problems for sure

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Mental Illness isn’t an excise

Lol what are you his lawyer? That kid has always been trash. Deserves way worse

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LIC neighbor

I just don’t go beating up people with illness. Me being a lawyer has nothing to do with it. What’s your “excise” tough guy?

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Woodsid4Lyfe

Good that he’s in jail. I beat this kid up a couple of times and he deserved it. Poor poor puppy

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Woodsidegirl

Haha dam he’s always been a little off in the head, i’m Glad you slapped him up. He deserves it

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sarac

The whole community is outraged of the senseless crime that was committed What would possess someone to kill a innocent animal. Rick is one of a very big group y who are very disgusted

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SaraC

What kind f a human being did you raise that would brake 4 ribs torture and
kill an defenseless dog. Someone should have done the same to him. There is no excuse. POS sickophant. A couple of years in jail is not enough time for such a heinous crime. it is murder. Tell your son to chew on that for a while. PS I hope he never reproduces.I would feel sorry for the kids.

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Newp

Why would we send prayers to someone who mercilessly killed a dog and then lied about it? Your son is old enough to know better and deserves jail time.

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Queenside

If the son ‘doesn’t want to live anymore’ he should have thought if the dog, too, ‘didn’t want to live anymore’. Disgusting actions and he gets what he deserves, sadly not comparable to what he did to the dog but it’ll have to suffice for now.

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Jay

You should have douched him down the toilet. He does not want to live anymore? Good one less piece of excrement.

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Debbie

Pray for your son,never I praY for that defenseless puppy that was beaten to death. Do you not realize that dog died a horrible painful death.

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Marca

Andddddd we’re supposed to feel bad why? That’s some model citizen you’ve raised! The only one I’m praying for is the dog who didn’t deserve this.

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Sosad

Wishing such a thing on someone brings great evil back to you. You don’t know enough to comment in that way. It is a very, very sad situation for everyone. Ill wishes make it that much worse.

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sosad

This is a tragic story but it doesn’t have anything to do with Sunnyside. I thought this was a local rag. Click bait, I suppose.

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Sue

The guy who murdered the dog is from woodside. And so maybe any other animal abusers will see it and know you will get caught and sent to jail god willing.

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Sylvan

So why is it ok to kill all other animals except dogs and cats? Is it because human chose certain animals to be their companions but kill the rest to eat or slaughter

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Tommy O

Sylvan- It’s one thing to slaughter an animal for consumption and it’s a total different thing to torture or kill a defenseless animal for pleasure or out of anger.

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Fan of Dough Boy Park

Pigs are delicious, cats are not, that’s why they are drenched in sweet n sour sauce when prepared

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IanM

Yeah, pretty much. Dogs were domesticated over many thousands of years to be our companions. Others were domesticated for food. Like any of our laws, it’s based on the norms and and moral traditions that have been established in our culture over the course of history.

Also – it’s actually illegal to brutally beat a cow to death for no reason, too.

Does that answer your question?

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Vladimir the Great

Because animal cruelty sucks, and this perp is the scum of the earth. Clearer now?

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Fan of Dough Boy Park

It wasn’t one act, he killed the dog, then gave family false hope the dog could be found. He lied to everyone. They spent time and money looking for the dog. They had false hopes.he fed those hopes. He’s an animal that hopefully has the book thrown at him.hes human garbage

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Sosad

No human is garbage. I did not say he was innocent. I do not know the man, but some who seem to say he has been showing signs of illness all his life.

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Marlon would not be pleased.....

Cover him in chicken grease and drop him in the middle of the Everglades

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