(CHICAGO) — A Chicago elementary school teacher was ordered held on $200,000 bail today after he admitted to police that he punched his rescue dog to death.
Derek Fierro, 25, told officers the dog had eaten “every piece of paper in the house” and had defecated on itself.
“The man became angry when the dog continuously struggled as he tried to place the animal in the bathtub to wash it. That is when he beat the dog to death with his fists,” the arrest report said.
Fierro called Chicago police on Friday at 3 a.m., crying and saying he did not know why he had beaten the dog, according to the police report.
When officers arrived at his Chicago apartment building, Fierro gave them his car keys and permission to open the trunk of his car, where they found the body of a “yellow male dog,” the report said.
He was taken into custody and is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal.
Fierro is a fourth grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago, according to the school’s website.
Chicago Public Schools officials will investigate the incident, which could result in disciplinary action, The Chicago Tribune reported.
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