AN actress who has appeared in The Sopranos and The Sixth Sense is suing a man for allegedly beating her two dogs so severely that one of them died.
Janis Dardaris told The New York Post that she left her two Maltese dogs in the care of a pet sitter at her Manhattan apartment for two months while she traveled for an acting job in October of 2019
The dogs, 12-year-old Frankie and 11-year-old Alex, were both attacked by the pet sitter's boyfriend, Vincent Tang, according to court papers filed last week.
The papers allege that Tang "savagely beat Alex to death … then took Frankie to the roof of [the] building, where he sadistically tortured Frankie for several minutes by punching, throwing, chasing, and kicking the defenseless dog multiple times."
Tang then left Frankie in the apartment to die, the papers allege.
One of Dardaris' neighbors — who lives in a nearby building — captured cell phone footage of a man, who the actress claims is Tang, abusing the poor pooch on the building's roof.
Police were tipped off about the abuse by neighbors, and were able to rush to the building and take Frankie to an animal hospital — saving his life, the papers allege.
Dardaris, who had a minor role in season 2 of The Sopranos, told The Post that Frankie was hospitalized for more than two weeks and suffered two skull fractures, two fractured ribs and permanent damage to his left eye.
She said that she believes Tang took the keys to her apartment from his girlfriend, but doesn't understand why he would attack the dogs.
"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 said.
"I wake up every night thinking about … the ache of thinking about what Alex went through doesn't go away," she added.
"And Frankie, you dear little thing, how could this have happened to you?"
Tang was arrested in November of last year and faces two counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
He could face up to two years in prison if convicted, according to The Post.
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