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Oreo, Abused NYC Dog Put to Sleep; Ex-Owner Faces Sentencing

By Joel Zand on November 13, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Oreo, the dog who was thrown off a six-story roof in Brooklyn by Fabian Henderson, her teenage owner this spring, was put to sleep by the A.S.P.C.A. in Manhattan this afternoon.

Yesterday The New York Times reported that an animal behaviorist hired by the A.S.P.C.A. to assess Oreo's disposition -- after several months of unsuccessful therapy and rehabilitation at the organization's facility -- concluded that Oreo displayed "exhibited intense aggressive behaviors," and concluded that "Oreo should not have any access to the public or uncontrolled areas outdoors. Oreo shouldn't be around children."

In a statement, the A.S.P.C.A. revealed further details on Oreo's suffering:

[After Mr. Henderson's arrest in July, it was learned that several of his neighbors reported hearing the sounds of the dog being beaten for at least 20-30 minutes--and the dog whimpering as a consequence.

Despite extensive behavior rehabilitation efforts undertaken by ASPCA staff, Oreo continued to lunge, growl, snap and attempt to bite. She would lunge at a behaviorist, only to spontaneously and unpredictably redirect her aggression toward her handler. She could not be socialized with other dogs for fear of an attack -- her aggression toward other dogs was clearly evident during her evaluations...In fact, employees were even directed to refrain from making sustained eye contact with Oreo so as to not incite aggression.

After exhausting a host of options, the organization said that it came to a "painful yet clear decision to humanely euthanize Oreo."

Her abuser pleaded guilty to cruelty charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Here is the grand jury's indictment of 19-year-old Fabian Henderson on animal cruelty charges for throwing Oreo off a six-story apartment building roof:

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