Gerardo Perez, 50, has been charged with “sexual conduct” with a Pit Bull while he was part of a group taking a tour of the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility at 2741 S. Western Ave. on Wednesday.
On Saturday, an employee of the shelter told the Cook County Bond Court that Perez left the group during the tour. The employee saw Perez in a restricted area and told him to leave but then walked away without assuring that Perez exited that part of the kennels.
When the employee returned a short time later, “…he found [the] defendant in a cage with a white and gray pit bull,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Amanda Pillsbury told Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Prosecutors allege Perez was on his hands and knees on the side of the dog and appeared to have just had sex with the animal, according to the Daily Mail.
“The defendant made exculpatory statements regarding sexual conduct with the dog to other facility employees,” the prosecutor said.
According to the report, a security guard demanded Perez’ driver’s license, and Chicago police went to the man’s home in the 2500 block of West 38th Street on Friday. They arrested him on one charge of felony sexual conduct with an animal and one charge of burglary.
The burglary charge stems from Perez's trespassing on a restricted part of the 54,000 square foot facility, which houses more than 500 animals in separate kennels, according to the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility website.
Judge Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Perez jailed Saturday in lieu of $80,000 bail.