Radoslaw Czerkawski, the Polish man accused of animal cruelty related to the pit bull known as Puppy Doe, made his first appearance in Norfolk Superior Court Thursday afternoon, following his indictment by a grand jury back on November 21st. He stood silent in a crowded Dedham courtroom with his attorney and a translator.
Supporters of Puppy Doe, who came from as far away as Cape Cod, occupied every seat and standing room in Courtroom 25 of the Norfolk Superior court in Dedham. Six court officers provided an unusually high amount of security.The alleged abuse, that resulted in putting the dog down, occurred in May in Quincy.
As assistant District Attorney Tracy Kusick detailed the 11 counts of animal cruelty and misleading police, some women in the crowd sobbed. A district court had placed a $500,000 bail amount on Czerkawski and Kusick asked judge E. Nancy Garsh to order him held without bail. She said if he somehow posted bail, federal immigration would take custody of him and deport him to Poland without standing trial.
She said a related investigation has found Czerkawski may have defrauded the elderly woman he was hired to care for of up to $300,000. She said additional charges are pending. Defense attorney John Gibbons objected, but Judge Garsh revoked the bail.
Despite warnings against outbursts, the Puppy Doe supporters applauded. One addressed Czerkawski directly. “Scumbag,” she said. Court officers removed her. Czerkowski will return to court February 11th for a pre-trial conference.