An undocumented immigrant from Poland was ordered held without bail Thursday on animal cruelty charges in the brutal torture of a dog called Puppy Doe.
Radoslaw Czerkawski was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. He was charged with 12 counts of animal abuse and one count of misleading police.
The 1-year-old female pit bull was found in August on a side street in Quincy. It had broken bones, skull fractures, burns and stab wounds. The abuse was so severe the animal had to be put down.
Dozens of Puppy Doe supporters attended the hearing. Some were visibly upset as a description of the abuse was read out loud.
Czerkawski could face five years in prison for each count if he is convicted.
New Bedford police said Czerkawski stole more than $6,000 from St. Lawrence Church in early 2012 while saying there.
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