Man plunges to his death after leaping from New York City balcony while carrying his two dogs and a cat: Only one pooch survived the fall
A man in his 50s plunged to his death after jumping from his balcony on the 14th floor of his home in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood.
The man also took his two dogs and a cat with him – killing one of the dogs and the cat. The other dog broke its legs and was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.
The horrific incident occurred at 575 Grand Street, close to FDR Drive, around 3:30 p.m. on April 28.
The building is known as the East River Coop.
The man was 51 years old, the New York Daily News reported – though he has not been formally identified.
The man was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital with severe trauma, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A neighbor told the New York Post, ‘Why would he do that to those poor animals? 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.’
This incident occurred a day after a Brooklyn mother dropped her 6-month old infant child out of a window. The child survived but was critically injured.
The suicide comes as New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $7.2 million investment in emergency mental health hotlines
Earlier this week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $7.2 million was being invested in strengthening crisis call center services for New Yorkers.
Hochul said, ‘Too often, people experiencing a mental health crisis or considering suicide feel as though they have no one to turn to, but the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides hope and help.’
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).