A worker at a New York City luxury apartment complex happened to see something disturbing come down the garbage chute in a bag. He wouldn’t have noticed, but it was just that a dog’s head was hanging out of the ripped bag as it made its way down the chute into the basement.
The bag contained a small dead dog and authorities later determined that the dog had been stabbed in the chest. The knife used to do this was also in the bag with the dead dog. The dog belonged to a New York City finance worker who lived in the building’s penthouse.
Zheheng Feng, 24, owned the dog weighing only 16.5 pounds and he allegedly admits that he killed the dog with the knife. He claims that he did so in “self-defense.” Feng reportedly told police that his dog started to act irrationally and it scratched him, which prompted him to stab his pet to death.
According to the Huffington Post, Feng is accused of stabbing the dog in the chest then wrapping the dog in a bag, putting the knife in the bag as well before putting it down the garbage chute. This is a crime and he is now facing charges for this horrific event.
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An unnamed worker in the building just happened to be near the trash when he saw the disturbing sight coming down the chute. If this worker hadn’t spotted the dog’s head protruding from the bag, this crime might have gone unnoticed. As the day’s garbage piled up, the bag and the dog might have been covered up and never seen again.
According to the New York Post, the criminal complaint filed against Feng noted that he told police that he had fed his dog and then the dog started to act “irrational.” He then stated that the dog started “scratching me on my arms.” He then allegedly told police, “so I stabbed it in the chest.”
He allegedly admitted to police of getting rid of the dog by putting it in the bag, along with the knife he used to kill his pet. When Feng showed police his arms, the police noted that he had “two very small scratches.”
According to the New York Daily News, Feng lives in a luxury one-bedroom penthouse on W. 42 St. near 11th Ave in Manhattan. Scally Wag and Vagabond reports that a luxury one-bedroom apartment in that building goes for $4,325 and up a month for rent. They also report that Feng works on Wall Street.
Needless to say, the outrage over the killing of this small dog was widespread across the social media sites. The news articles that appeared online reporting this crime carried many different levels of angry comments over the stabbing of this small dog. With all the different rescue agencies that are available today, Feng could have surrendered the dog, which would have been the appropriate thing to do.
Even if the dog was acting irrational and “scratched” its owner, the animal control people could have taken the dog and assessed its level of aggressiveness. Many people consider their dog a part of the family, so to hear that someone could actually stab their pet is unsettling to pet owners out there.
Animal lovers are united against this man, and many want to see him get the full extent of the punishment allowed by law. Years ago there weren’t too many laws governing the treatment of animals. Unwanted kittens and puppies were drowned and older or sick dogs were taken out behind the barn and shot. Thankfully that is not the case today; the laws are very specific that these actions would constitute cruelty to animals.
Feng was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. He was held on a $10,000 bond. He stayed in the Manhattan Detention Complex on Rikers Island until Sunday, when he was released. He is due back in court on June 7 where he can face up to two years in jail if he is convicted of this crime, according to the Huffington Post, who cites the New York City Bar.
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