Owner tried to sell dog for a cigarette before he beat and choked pet

In West Elsdon, Chicago, the owner of a small terrier tried to sell his dog for a cigarette and then repeatedly beat her and choked her outside of a local supermarket in 95-degree heat on Saturday. Jaroslaw Kowalkowski, 47, faces aggravated animal cruelty charges to animals.

According to DnaNews, a witness called authorities reporting a man “choking an animal to death,” in front of a store. Kowalkowski was alleged to have beat the one-year-old terrier mix, choke her and then drag the dog across the ground. After police responded and found the dog, she was in a bloodied bed barely breathing and not able to move. Officers tried to give her water and food inside of the supermarket, but the dog wouldn’t move.

Transferred to Animal Care and Control, veterinarians decided to humanely euthanize the dog. Court reports stated the dog suffered from heat exhaustion and Parvo. She had no fractures. Kowalkowski told police the dog, named “Luse” was a nice dog but something was wrong and he said she “was a little sick.”

Kowalkowski’s public defender said his client was homeless and worked at installing hardwood floors. He has previous convictions for aggravated DUI, aggravated assault of a police officer, criminal trespass to land and resisting arrest. Cook County Judge Michael Clancy released Kowalkowski on his own recognizance pending court action.

Rest in peace Luse. It just doesn’t appear you will get any justice.

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(Photo screenshot of man who tried to sell his dog for a cigarette via Dna News)

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