Man threw dog to its death from Paulina Brown Line platform, police say

Demetrice Spencer | Chicago Police Department; CWBChicago

Chicago — A Chicago man is facing felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly throwing a dog to its death from the Paulina Brown Line station in Lakeview on Thursday morning.

Demetrice Spencer, 43, threw the animal from the El platform to a concrete alley below around 1 a.m., Chicago police said.

Spencer called 911 around 1:30 a.m. from a service station in the 2800 block of North Ashland and reported that he wanted to be arrested for killing a dog, according to a CPD report. At about the same time, a passerby called 911 after finding a deceased dog with a leash around its neck near two bookbags under the train platform.

Police did not provide a motive for Spencer’s alleged actions. More details may emerge when he appears in bond court on Friday afternoon.

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