The man who beat a Law & Order actress’ Maltese dog to death and tortured another, causing her ‘so much pain,’ will not go to prison.
Vincent Tang, 36, appeared in court remotely on Friday where he avoided up to two years in prison for ‘savagely’ killing Janis Dardaris’ dog Alex, 11, and the near-fatal beating of Frankie, 12, on October 24, 2019.
Instead, he will serve five years of probation, is ordered to undergo mental health counseling and was given a 10-year ban on owning animals.
Tang had previously admitted to two counts of aggravated cruelty for beating the beloved animals.
Actress Janis Dardaris, pictured with her dogs on Instagram, has filed a lawsuit against a man who killed her dog, torturing another
Dardaris, who also appeared in The Sopranos and The Sixth Sense, told the New York Post that she was ‘beyond disappointed’ in the decision.
‘I don’t understand how someone who committed such cruel and violent acts against two small dogs would not have to face more serious consequences,’ she told the Post.
‘Mr. Tang has caused me so much pain. I live with the consequences of his actions every day.’
Robert Cannata, who is representing Dardaris, has also filed a lawsuit against Tang, which is still pending, for causing her emotional distress, the outlet reported.
Defense lawyer Jason Goldman told the Post: ‘This has been a mental-health issue since day one.’
‘We’re appreciative that the court, unlike the government, agreed that ongoing treatment is a better solution for him than sitting in a jail cell,’ Goldman said.
In 2019, Tang snuck into the apartment of his then-girlfriend, Dardaris’ dog-sitter, when she wasn’t home and tortured the poor pooches, the Post previously reported.
After fatally beating Alex, Tang was accused of taking Frankie to the building’s rooftop and punching, throwing and kicking him.
‘He sadistically tortured Frankie for several minutes by punching, throwing, chasing, and kicking the defenseless dog multiple times.’ court filings read.
Tang then took Frankie inside where he left him to die, court papers revealed.
Cell phone video was also taken by a neighbor living in a building opposite which shows a man, alleged to be Tang, chasing and kicking a small white dog like a ball, before slamming it into a step.
‘The visceral feeling I get when I think of what happened — it feels like an ice pick to my heart. It’s a nightmare,’ Dardaris told The New York Post at the time.
Actress Janis Dardaris, pictured with her dogs on Instagram, said ‘I don’t understand how someone who committed such cruel and violent acts against two small dogs would not have to face more serious consequences’
It was only when the neighbor who saw the alleged assault occurring that police were called to the apartment block and Frankie was able to be taken to an animal hospital to save his life.
After Tang had been arrested, Dardaris’ friend went to her apartment to investigate and found ‘one small white dog cowering inside … and a second small white dog lying dead on the floor.’
Frankie suffered ‘two skull fractures, two fractured ribs, and a permanently damaged left eye,’ the criminal complaint states. He was hospitalized for 16 days.
At the time, Dardaris told the Post that she simply wants to know ‘why?’
‘Why did you go into my apartment and do that? I want answers.’
‘It’s unimaginable to me that something like that could happen and that someone could do that and create such pain and grief in someone’s life,’ she had said.
Dardaris has had the little dogs since they were three months old.
‘I wake up every night thinking about … the ache of thinking about what Alex went through doesn’t go away and Frankie you dear little thing how could this have happened to you,’ Dardaris said.