Rogers Park man beat his girlfriend’s puppy to death, prosecutors say

Prosecutors have charged a man with beating his fiancée’s 12-week-old puppy to death in their Rogers Park apartment.

Charles Everett Smith, 33, is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Judge Charles Beach ordered him held in lieu of $150,000 bail during a bond hearing Friday afternoon.

Smith’s girlfriend came home from work Tuesday and found Smith naked, giving chest compressions to her Miniature Pinscher puppy, Bailey, and shaking the dog, prosecutors said.

Charles Smith and Bailey the Mini Pin. | CPD; John Garrido

Earlier in the day, Smith allegedly told the woman he would bite the dog’s ear off and throw it into a cage.

Police found the dog dead and wrapped in a blanket. According to prosecutors, Smith told officers he was giving the puppy CPR and blowing into her nose because he thought she was having a medical event.

A necropsy determined that the dog died of blunt force trauma. Nearly every one of her ribs was broken, her lungs were damaged, and she suffered multiple skull fractures and intestinal injuries, according to prosecutors.

The woman told police Smith mistreated another dog several months ago, prosecutors said.

Beach ordered Smith to have no contact with any animals if he posts the $15,000 deposit necessary to get out of jail. Smith is due back in court on November 12.

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