Puppy Thrower Banned From Having Pets
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WHEATON, Ill. (STMW) – A West Side man who tossed a puppy out of his car window into traffic on a busy Elmhurst road last year has been barred from owning a pet for one year.
Sergiu E. Muresan, 26, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty in DuPage County Court in Wheaton Tuesday. Judge Brian Diamond sentenced Muresan to one year of community supervision. As part of the supervision, Muresan is not allowed to own a pet or have one in his possession.
The incident occurred Dec. 11, at the intersection of North Avenue and Route 83 in Elmhurst, police said. A witness told police he saw a man in another car throw a dog from a vehicle stopped in traffic, before driving away west on North Avenue. The witness rescued the dog and turned it over to employees of a nearby business, police said. The dog — named Bentley — wasn’t injured. Muresan later turned himself in to police.
Investigators say the dog — a 45-pound male mixed breed — didn’t belong to Muresan. Investigators said the dog likely escaped from its home. It was unclear how Muresan found the dog or why he threw it into traffic. The dog has since been reunited with its owner.
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