From The Daily News:
When Yuk Cheung moved out of his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Chan’s apartment on 40th Road in Flushing, he left his 12-year-old pug behind.
Cheung, 35, returned to Chan’s place March 17 and they argued about caring for the dog, named Yoda, and for him to find a place to stay that permitted animals, prosecutors said.
“(You) would not have to worry about the dog anymore,” Cheung allegedly responded before grabbing the small pup and leaving the apartment.
When Cheung returned, he didn’t have the dog.
“The defendant is accused of aggravated cruelty to animals for killing a helpless dog by viciously throwing her from a balcony, from which she fell approximately 70 feet to the street below,” said Queens DA Richard Brown.
Chan asked the defendant what happened to the dog and he allegedly replied that the pug had slipped.
Four days later, Cheung was questioned by detectives about dog’s death and he allegedly said he tripped going onto the balcony and the dog left his hands.
Cheung allegedly changed his story to say the dog leaped out of his arms and must have gone through the balcony’s metal railing.
Prosecutors said Cheung went on to say that he found the animal dead on the street and placed her in a box with ice and dumped the remains in a nearby garbage receptacle.
After further investigation, detectives concluded that Cheung had to have propelled the dog about 40 feet into the air for her body to have cleared the balcony, landing on the sidewalk before hitting the street, prosecutors said.
“Such acts of aggression toward defenseless animals cannot — and will not — be tolerated in Queens County,” said Brown.