A 26-year-old Arlington, Va. man has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after police say he threw two dogs to their death from his apartment balcony.
According to an Arlington County Police Department crime report, police received a call Monday afternoon about the dogs being thrown off Zachary Hanson’s fifth-floor apartment balcony at the Meridian building at 1401 N. Taft Street.
“Upon arrival, it was determined that the suspect allegedly threw two dogs off the balcony of a residence,” the police report reads. “Prior to police arrival, the dogs were located and transported to area animal hospitals, where they succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased. Officers made contact with the suspect at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Zachary Hanson, 26, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals (x2). He was held on no bond.”
A police spokeswoman said that one of the dogs was the suspect’s, while the other belonged to someone he knew.
“One belonged to the suspect, the other belonged to someone known to the suspect,” said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “To best protect the identity of the victim, we will not release additional information related to their relationship.”
“What preceded the incident is under investigation,” Savage added.
Hudson faces two Class 6 felonies that generally call for 1-5 years in prison if convicted.
Hanson, who is being held on no bond, has multiple photos of a small dog on his Instagram, one which shows him holding a small Yorkshire Terrier while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. It is not known if this is the dog that was thrown from his balcony.
President Donald Trump signed a bill late last year that makes animal cruelty a federal felony, saying the measure would help us be “more responsible and humane stewards of our planet.”