A Wicker Park, IL man, Lawrence Juliano, 45, decided the best was to take care of his mostly deaf stepson’s sick 17-year-old Labrador retriever was to toss it off the 3rd floor porch of his apartment at 1324 N. Wolcott Ave.
Juliano, who is unemployed and doesn’t look like he’s missed too many meals, said that the dog was sick and he couldn’t afford to have the him euthanized.
The dog belonged to his stepson, Alfredo Tamarit, 30, who is mostly deaf and often speaks in an mumbled jumble of words but the one word that he could always manage to say was “Coco,” the name of his beloved dog. The same dog he watched his stepfather hurl off the third floor porch on August 15th. Coco hit the ground and lay there shaking until he died minutes later.
Juliano is either described as a caring man or an angry, loudmouthed bully depending on who you talk to. One neighbor who was distraught seeing him arrested said he helps neighbors with yards work. Another neighbor’s description would be of a wholly different man with serious anger management problems.
“He’s seen me picking up garbage in the backyard … and he’ll throw a bag full of garbage back down at you,” Roland Kaeser, 60, said.
His own stepdaughter who says that Coco was like her brother, Tamarit’s, child, even says that Juliano has problems.
“It boils down to the fact that my stepfather needs some kind of medical help, and we hope he gets it. He’s been under stress because he lost his job. Stress affects people in different ways … but people don’t go throwing dogs from third-floor balconies,” she said.
Juliano was arrested and ordered by Judge Ramon Ocasio III to be held on $50k bail after being charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and animal torture — both felonies. He’s since boned out and his attorney, Barry D. Sheppard, told Ocasio that euthanasia was a possible defense in the case.
To be honest, I really dislike the word “euthanasia.” It is supposed to mean a peaceful death among other things. The word had become commonplace and used for the killings of millions of unwanted homeless pets every year. Here, there was nothing “peaceful” about tossing a senior, sick dog to his death. A dog that undoubtedly loved and trusted Juliano enough to allow him to pick him up and didn’t realize what was happening as he was being hurled to his death, a death that didn’t come instantly. The dog had time to suffer and maybe wonder. There is no excuse for the cruelty!!
And as for the judicial system, I can see it right now, there will be a plea bargain and the charges, two felony charges, will be dropped down to something meaningless as Juliano obvious thought about Coco’s life and he’s wound up with the proverbial “slap on the wrist.” I have little to no faith in the justice system anymore when it comes to animal abuse! Ought to rename it the in-justice system!
Rest in peace Coco, you’re in a better now…..