Mobster Asks For Break After FBI Blasts Puppy

Lawyer says the dog has 'never been the same'
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2011 3:59 PM CDT
A mobster is asking a judge for leniency after his Maltese puppy was "traumatized" in the arrest.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A lawyer for an alleged mobster is asking a judge for leniency in sentencing, saying his client's small Maltese puppy was traumatized when an FBI team stormed into his Staten Island home and tossed concussion grenades. The dog was thrown across the room by the blast and "has not been the same since," the attorney says in a court filing, calling the arrest "an operation worthy of an honorable mention next to the recent and well-publicized Navy SEAL commando raid in Pakistan."

The mobster was part of a roundup for 100 suspects in crimes last January, but he says the takedown was excessive considering he was indicted for buying less than $10,000 of stolen electronics, reports the New York Daily News. An FBI spokesman says the tactics were appropriate considering the mobster's criminal history and imposing size. But court documents say he couldn't have fought back because he ruptured two spinal discs in 2008 "playing an interactive video game."

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