This is absolutely tragic…plus he brought other companions as he jump to his death.
A man in his 50s fell to his death after jumping from his 14th-floor balcony at his home in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
However, the man did not take only his life, he took his two dogs and a cat with him – killing one of the dogs and the cat. While the other dog luckily survived, broke his legs, and was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.
The 51-year-old man jumped from the balcony of his home on Grand St. near the FDR Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, cops said. He had scooped up his three pets before making the suicide leap.
The cat and one of the dogs died when they hit the ground. A second dog survived with two broken legs and other injuries, police sources said.
Their owner was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he died. His name has not been released. The surviving pet was taken to the Animal Medical Center of Midtown for further care.
A neighbor of the man expressed their horror that the man would take his cute pets with him while attempting suicide, according to an interview made by the New York Post.
“Why would he do that to those poor animals?” the East River Co-op neighbor said. “They don’t deserve that. Lord knows why he jumped, but they don’t deserve that,” said another resident of the building that didn’t want to be identified.”
The suicide comes as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $7.2 million investment in emergency mental health hotlines, strengthening crisis call center services for New Yorkers.
Hochul said, “Too often people experiencing a mental health crisis or contemplating suicide feel they have no one to turn to, but the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers hope and help.”
If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).