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Man sentenced to 5 years prison for claiming lost dogs as his before throwing them off building

By Mason White 4:31 PM July 31, 2017
Edward Hanania
Edward Hanania
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was left brokenhearted after his dogs were taken from him by a man who falsely claimed to be the dogs’ owner.

22-year-old Edward Hanania of Oak Lawn, Illinois, saw an announcement on Facebook, stating that someone found two dogs.

Hanania called the person and claimed to be the owner. He took possession of the dogs. A short time later, the real owner came forward with paperwork proving that he was the true owner of the poodles.

Instead of returning the dogs, Hanania went to the top of a hospital parking garage and threw the dogs off from the fifth floor.

The 14-month-old pooch named Angel, survived after falling on grass, but suffered a broken leg and bruised lungs.

Doctors had to place pins in his leg during surgery as it was broken in two places. The dog is recovering well. The dog’s 6-year-old father named Garo, died after falling onto the concrete sidewalk.

Hanania pleaded guilty to felony aggravated animal cruelty. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said that the sentence will run concurrently with his six year prison sentence for violating his probation on an unrelated drug conviction.