Twelve indictments for animal abuse and one indictment for misleading police were handed down today in a Norfolk County Grand Jury in the ongoing investigation of Radoslaw Czerkawski, 32, formerly of Quincy, according to a release from the Norfolk County District Attorney's office. Czerkawski is being charged for abusing the dog commonly known as "Puppy Doe."
"Today's indictments move the existing case from the Quincy District Court to the Norfolk Superior Court," Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in the release.
Criminal complaints adjudicated in a district court can only carry a maximum sentence of two and half years in a county House of Correction, the release said.
"Only a justice of the Superior Court can order longer terms to be served in a State Prison," Morrissey said in the release.
The arraignment on the indictments is scheduled in Superior Court on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
"At the time of the Superior Court arraignment, the District Court case will be withdrawn as superseded," he said.
At Czerkawski's Oct. 29 arraignment, he pled not guilty to multiple counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading police. He was held on $500,000 bail.