Suspect in Puppy Doe case linked to church theft
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- The man charged with torturing and beating a dog in Quincy could also face charges of stealing from a New Bedford church.
Police and the Fall River Roman Catholic diocese say 32-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski (RAD'-oh-slaw zehr-KAW'-skee), is suspected in the theft last year of 11 checks totaling $6,700 from St. Lawrence Martyr Church. The checks were allegedly cashed using a stamp in the name of the church's former pastor.
Czerkawski was ordered held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty in Quincy District Court on Tuesday to charges of animal cruelty and misleading police. The year-old female pit pull, nicknamed "Puppy Doe," was euthanized after being found barely alive in August.
Diocesan officials say the Rev. Marek Chmurski, who was recently reassigned, violated rules by allowing Czerkawski to live in the church rectory without permission from the diocese.