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Case ID: 18693
Classification: Throwing
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Gregory Schatz

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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

County: Douglas

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Metrelle H. Dailey

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

It was a horrific death for a small dog caught in the middle of a domestic dispute and its owner is now behind bars for a felony.

"The dog was playing around at our feet." Reon Wilson claims he witnessed a dog lover become a dog killer. "He collared him and just threw that poor dog out the window. The dog didn't even know it was in trouble."

The rat terrier named Domino was tossed from a ninth-floor window at Jackson Tower at 28th and St. Mary's Avenue in Omaha. "I heard the dog thud. I looked down and the dog still had life in him. By the time me and the girlfriend came downstairs the dog took his last breath in front of me."

Wilson lives down the hall and Regina Williams had a relationship with the dog owner. "I was scared," said Williams.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, police arrived to find the window screen and body of the small dog nine floors below the apartment. Omaha Housing Authority security cameras show officers arresting 28-year-old Metrelle Dailey for animal cruelty. He admitted to being drunk, but denied throwing his dog out the window.

"We was all too intoxicated," said Dailey, who insists he didn't throw the dog out the window. "No, I swear to God, I didn't." Who did? "I don't know," said Dailey.

Dailey had adopted the dog from the Nebraska Humane Society several months ago. "We do our best to do background checks on these individuals," said the Humane Society's Mark Langan. "This situation really angers us here at the Humane Society because this is one of our dogs."

Friday morning, the window screen lay in the grass and Domino's dog carrier sat on a dumpster, stark reminders of a cruel act, allegedly by a man who denies being his dog's worst friend. "No, I wouldn't do that because I love animals," said Dailey.

Besides facing a felony animal abuse charge, Dailey could be evicted by the Omaha Housing Authority. Director Clifford Scott said the tenant did have permission to have a small dog in the apartment. Scott said OHA will remind any resident who is allowed to have a pet that they must care for them.

Bond has been set at 10 percent of $100,000.

Dailey is expected back in court on November 8th.

Case Updates

A man at the center of a case that drew a lot of heated comments from viewers, returned to court Tuesday.

28-year old Metrelle Dailey was given 20 months to five years for tossing his dog from a nine story building.

Dailey was arrested back in October after police say he threw his rat terrier dog, Domino, from the ninth story of an apartment building during a fight with his girlfriend.

In an exclusive interview the day after the incident Dailey told Channel Six News he didn't do it.

"I like animals I do," Dailey said.

"That's why I bought him because I like and animals and I love to treat animals right."

But a month later he pleaded no contest to animal cruelty.

Tuesday animal lovers packed the courtroom to hear Dailey's sentence.

Wendy Lacey owns a dog and says she believes the sentence was fair.

"I think that a person who is capable of doing something like this is probably I believe a danger to society."

Carol Knoepfler who works as a dog walker at the Nebraska Humane Society agrees.

"I'm very sorry we had to be here today."

"I'm not surprised by the turnout people care about the lives of their animals in Omaha."

The defense argued that Dailey has been suffering from schizophrenia for years, contributing to his actions that day.

Mark Langan, with the Nebraska Humane Society says they were not aware of Dailey's health history.

"We wish we wouldn't have done that. We had no back round information on him at the time, that would lead us to believe he'd do anything like this."

Langan says animals are often used as instruments of violence in abuse cases and he believes Dailey's sentence fits the crime.

"The judge realized that was a crime of violence and this guy probably poses a danger to the public if put on probation, so he made the right decision."

The Nebraska Humane Society tells Channel Six News they plan no changes to their adoption policies.

They currently check for past cruelty problems and have the right to refuse adoption, but have no way of checking someone's mental health records
Source: - Feb 7, 2012
Update posted on Feb 9, 2012 - 9:17PM 


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