Prosecutors say Radoslaw Czerkawski was not only abusing and torturing a young female pitbull, but he was stealing from an elderly woman with dementia that he was supposed to be taking care of. Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor was asked how much money was involved.
“$130,000, your honor. There were essentially three different larcenies here,” Connor said. “The first one occurred on March 28, when the defendant took the victim, who was suffering from dementia at the time, to Citizens Bank, and presented her as his grandmother to Citizens Bank.”
Czerkawski deposited 112 thousand dollars in savings bonds into his account, according to prosecutors. They say he spent 68 thousand of that, as well as stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and coins from the woman. There were around 50 demonstrators there in defense of the dog that became known as Puppy Doe.
“Today is all about rights for those who are weaker than us. We are people, we have voices, they don’t,” one demonstrator said. “I’m here to speak for those who have no voice. All of you out there, need to fight for those who have no rights. Today, we have proof: Animals have rights. We have rights. Be strong, be a caring world. We’re here for love.”
The dog had to be euthanized because its injuries were too severe. Czerkawski pleaded not guilty to the new larceny charges and the judge is holding him on 500 thousand dollars bail on those charges. He’s still being held without bail on the animal cruelty charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 5.