Probation for man who hurled Goldendoodle to its death from ‘L’ platform

Demetrice Spencer (Chicago Police Department, CWBChicago)

CHICAGO — The man who angrily tossed his boyfriend’s Goldendoodle to its death from the Paulina Brown Line station platform has been sentenced to probation, according to court records.

Demetrice Spencer, 45, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals today before Judge Aleksandra Gillespie. She ordered him to obtain a GED during the 24-month probation term. He must also submit DNA for indexing and comply with other conditions.

Officials said Spencer was arguing with his boyfriend as they waited for a train early on December 22, 2022. CTA surveillance video allegedly showed Spencer throwing objects from the platform, including a backpack and his own phone.

But the situation turned especially ugly when Spencer snatched the boyfriend’s Goldendoodle, slammed it against a wall, and pitched it from the platform to the street below. Chicago cops found the dog deceased beneath the L tracks with its leash around its neck.

Spencer left the station before officers arrived and walked to a convenience store in the 2800 block of North Ashland. He asked the clerk to call 911 so he could surrender.

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