Alsu Ivanchenko was caught throwing a puppy out of the window of a car, and she is now facing time behind bars for her actions. According to The SpreadIt, the Staten Island woman showed up at Supreme Court on Thursday, about five weeks after the incident occurred. In September, Alsu allegedly grabbed her 3-month-old Maltese-Shih Tzu mix, put her in a plastic bag, and tossed her out of the car, all because she couldn’t afford to care for her anymore — so she said.
“The dog survived, but suffered a long list of injuries, including a fractured skull, femur, brain trauma and loss of vision,” reports The SpreadIt. The pup has been renamed (Charlotte), and is being taken care of at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York, but she is making “minor progress” following surgery.
Alsu Ivanchenko was met by puppy lovers at the Supreme Court yesterday morning. According to Staten Island Live, protestors stood outside the courtroom holding signs that read thing like “Justice for Charlotte” and “Charlotte is not trash but you are.” Ivanchenko was able to avoid the yelling by using a side entrance. She wore dark sunglasses and kept her head covered by a scarf.
Sadly, animal abuse happens more often than you might hear about. The media doesn’t cover every case, but the ones that do make it to the news are some of the most unbelievable — and the most heartbreaking. According to The Inquisitr, a mom from Washington state was accused of drowning four puppies in a toilet. Apparently Ginger Hartson felt helpless after her adult pit bull had six puppies, and she was told by her landlord that she couldn’t keep the pets. She was able to find homes for two of the pups, but decided to drown the other four in the toilet, believing that “animal control would euthanize them anyway.”
“Most of our animal cruelty cases involve some level of negligence. This was deliberate and it was cruel. She knew exactly what she was doing,” said attorney Mark Lindquist. Hartson pleaded “not guilty” to four counts of animal cruelty.
Alsu Ivanchenko, known as the “puppy abuser from New York,” is free on $3,500 bail. She pleaded “not guilty” to charges of torturing and injuring animals, and abandonment of a disabled animal. She is due back in court on January 13, 2015, and she faces up to two years in prison.
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