Woman Gets 3 Years in Jail for Throwing Dog Off San Francisco Parking Garage

Dunky, a 4-year-old Chihuahua, died after a suspect broke into a car and threw him over a railing near San Francisco’s Union Square, police said. SOURCE: SFPD via SF Gate
SFPD via SF Gate

A woman received a three-year jail sentence on Thursday after she was found guilty of throwing a four-year-old Chihuahua to its death off the seventh floor of a San Francisco parking garage in February.

A judge sentenced Wakeen “LaLa” Best to three years in state prison with eight months of mandatory supervised release after a jury found her guilty of animal cruelty, vandalism, and auto burglary following a day of deliberation and a three-week trial, CBS San Francisco reported.

Prosecutors said the district attorney asked the judge to give Best the maximum sentence of three years in prison and eight months of supervised release.

“We asked for the maximum sentence because the defendant has shown no remorse whatsoever and went so far as to kill an innocent animal that got in her way while she burglarized a vehicle,” Max Szabo, a spokesperson for the San Francisco District Attorneys Office, said in a statement. “The behavior is despicable, and she needs to be held accountable.”

Best entered a San Francisco parking garage on February 10 at 2 p.m. and broke into a Mercedes-Benz parked on the seventh floor, prosecutors said.

The vehicle’s owner testified during the trial that he left his four-year-old Chihuahua named Dunky in his car while he grabbed lunch, only to find his pet’s dead body on the street, KTVU reported.

Authorities say the canine barked at Best before she flung the animal off the top of the garage.

Investigators identified Best as a suspect after looking at surveillance videos and arrested her the day after the incident.


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