Please sign the following online petition and the Office of Council Member Vallone will forward to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking for his deportation. In addition, letters can be written to:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Enforcement and Removal Operations
26 Federal Plaza
9th Floor, Suite 9-110
New York, NY 10278
From the New York Daily News -
Councilman Peter Vallone writes letter urging deportation of Czech animal abuser
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is launching a letter-writing campaign to get a convicted animal abuser booted out of the country.
Milan Rysa, 32, who threw his 50-pound pooch out of his Astoria apartment window last year, served time in jail and now faces deportation to the Czech Republic.
The dog, a Chinese Shar-Pei named Brooklyn, was killed in the fall.
“He tossed a defenseless dog out the window and we need to toss him out of the country,” said Vallone (D-Astoria). “Anyone who would do this doesn’t deserve to live here.”
Onlookers back in September 2011 were horrified to see the animal fall to its death on Steinway Street.
Witnesses said Rysa looked out the window and saw a stunned group gathering around the dog’s body, then shut off his lights and the music he was playing and locked the door.
Cops armed with a battering ram were dispatched to the apartment.
Rysa ended up pleading guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment and served two-thirds of his 364-day term, Vallone said.
He faces a deportation hearing in May 2013.
Rysa could not be reached for comment.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen but I don’t want to take any chances,” said Vallone. “I’m writing a letter, and I hope other people will.”
Vallone said he penned a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigations arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
The case sparked outrage from animal advocates, who protested outside Rysa’s apartment, posted pictures of him across the neighborhood and targeted him on Facebook.
Some advocates said they were disappointed the Queens District Attorney dropped the original animal cruelty charge against Rysa.
“Short of prosecutors getting him for what is outright animal abuse that no one seemed to take seriously by default, what can we do but send him out of the country,” said Esther Koslow of the Shelter Reform Action Committee.
“We have to have a more coordinated effort between education and policing to deal with what causes animal abuse and how to stop it.”
Vallone said he understood the decision to get Rysa to plead to the reckless endangerment charge, which carried a heavier penalty.
“In the real world, unfortunately, animal abusers don’t get punished that often,” Vallone said. “Fortunately, he can face more punishment if they deport him.”
Anyone interested in writing a letter can contact Vallone’s office at (718) 274-4500 for more information.
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Robert Weisel
Executive Office for Immigration Review
970 Broad Street, Room #1135
Newark, NJ 07102
Dear Judge Weisel:
I am writing to you in regard to Milan Rysa, a convicted animal abuser and illegal resident who lived in my district. On September 12, 2011, Rysa killed his 50-pound shar-pei, Brooklyn, by tossing the dog out of his apartment window on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens. The canine nearly struck two women before hitting the pavement.
On March 15, 2012, Rysa pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment in Queens Criminal Court. His sentence was for 364 days in prison, of which he served two-thirds. It is my understanding that prior to this plea, he was being held on a deportation warrant.
I have learned that Rysa will be appearing before the Newark court for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in May, 2013 to determine whether he will be deported out of the United States. Rysa’s past behavior clearly shows he is dangerous and a threat to the safety of both animals and humans. I urge you to support the removal this illegal resident from our country as soon as possible.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. I look forward to continuing to work with you to keep our streets safe.
PETER F. VALLONE JR.
Chair, Public Safety Committee