Police and the public have searched for a man shown on a video throwing a dog not once but twice into a ravine. The man was eventually identified as Andres Spancky Raya, 21, and he was charged with animal cruelty. Fortunately, the pit bull — known as Mary Jane — survived with injuries but was eventually adopted by a family. As for Raya, he is heading to prison for five years.
Raya pleaded no contest to both felony animal cruelty charge and residential burglary. He has a criminal history and was on probation for a felony count of grand theft of personal property and a felony hit-and-run driving resulting in injury to another person. In other words, this was not a departure for Raya in his lack of humanity or decency.
The surveillance video captured Raya tossing Mary Jane into the ravine on September 26th. He then returned two days later and found the dog and threw her again into the ravine. It is amazing that the dog survived the drop. The ravine is 145 feet deep.
The dog is now named Hera Grrl by her new owners.
Since he was looking at over three years for the animal cruelty charge, Raya received some benefit from the plea with a two-year sentence. He was also sentenced to five years on a burglary count.