Judge sets $200,000 bail for Illinois teacher accused of killing dog
Derek Fierro and Doc when he adopted the previously abused chow/lab mix. (Credit: Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation)
CHICAGO (AP) -- A judge has set bail at $200,000 for a Chicago elementary school teacher accused of punching his dog to death after the animal soiled itself.
Derek Fierro has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony.
Police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak says the man called officers to his home around 3 a.m. Friday and told them they could find the dog's body in the trunk of his car.
The 25-year-old Fierro is a fourth-grade teacher in the city's Lakeview neighborhood. Chicago Public Schools Inspector General James Sullivan says his office will conduct an investigation, which could lead to disciplinary action.
Circuit Court Judge Donald Panarese set bail Saturday and ordered Fierro not to have contact with any animals.
His attorney, Robert Gevirtz, could not be reached for comment.