June 18, 2019 Staff Report
A Woodside man who beat his girlfriend’s Shih-Tzu to death and then dumped its body in a nearby parking lot last year was sentenced to six months in jail today.
Brando Henriquez, 24, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated animal cruelty and tampering with physical evidence.
Henriquez, as part of his sentence, has also been banned from owning animals for 10 years and must register with the New York City Department of Health as an animal abuser.
Henriquez beat and 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. He then placed the dog in a white plastic bag and dumped it in a parking lot–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 charges.
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.
“The defendant in this case intentionally killed his girlfriend’s dog and then callously left the animal’s battered corpse in a nearby parking lot. This dog was part of the family and a resident of Queens County, where we will not stand for violence and cruelty against anyone, including our four-legged companions,” said John M. Ryan, acting Queens District Attorney.
Henriquez’ sentence comes just weeks after Jose Tox, 27, was sentenced to six months jail for stabbing and killing a dog on 39th Avenue in Woodside.