Update 9/7/13: According to Thursday's publication of CBS Chicago, following hours of questioning, the police have decided not to press charges against the dog's owner.
Two pets plunged to their death from the same high-rise condo balcony in Chicago, Ill., within three days of each other, reported Thursday's publication of the Chicago Sun-Times.
On Wednesday morning, a Rottweiler-Shar Pei mix named "Duke," fell 43 stories to his death and on Sunday, a kitten fell to its death from the same balcony.
Both pets belonged to the same family; the kitten was owned by a musician named Ryan who lives in the building on E. South Water Street, and the dog belonged to Ryan's mother and stepfather, who were in town to help Ryan move.
According to CBS Chicago, the family theorizes that Duke climbed onto furniture and belongings which had been stacked on the balcony, and then fell to his death. At the time that Duke went over the balcony, the family has stated that nobody was at the condo.
Ryan told the Sun-Times that he thinks his cat was spooked by the dog on Sunday before jumping over the balcony ledge.
I’d convinced myself thoroughly that there’s no way these cats would even slip off because they had that instinctual fear that right over this edge is a big drop . . . but, I guess they freaked out because they never had a dog in their face before and I’m assuming one of them got skittish, went on the edge and just kind of jumped when they saw it through a glass window.
Police are investigating the tragic deaths, but for now, they believe that both are accidental.
Police were questioning and threatening to arrest me,
Slowly but surely they, thank God, they believed what I told them.
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