Bail for an Aurora man who shot his neighbor’s dog in the head has been set at $100,000, DuPage County District Attorney Robert Berlin announced Wednesday.
John Fazzini, 61, attended bond court on Wednesday morning, where Judge John Kinsella set his bail at $100,000 with 10% to be applied.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, Aurora police responded to a call for shots fired in the 300 block of Shadybrook Lane on March 10 around 9 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers said they found 8-year-old German Shepherd Jameson, otherwise known as “Jamo”, lying on his porch, officials said. Jamo had been shot in the right side of his nose with the bullet exiting his left ear.
An investigation revealed that at around 8.45pm Jamo was out for a walk with his family, including a 10-year-old girl, when they allegedly passed Fazzini across the street walking his dog.
Fazzini’s dog allegedly started barking, then Jamo “removed from his harness and approached Fazzini and his dog,” the SAO said in a statement. Jamo then allegedly circled around Fazzini and his dog before trotting towards them.
Apparently Jamo was about four to five feet from Fazzini when he, without warning, pulled out a gun and shot Jamo.
After he was shot, the SAO said Jamo returned to his porch and Fazzini left the scene after the shooting. Jamo was taken to a local veterinary hospital where he has since been discharged and is recovering.
The SAO said Fazzini was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon on an active warrant following a traffic stop by Aurora police. He was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, one count of recklessly discharging a firearm and one count of indictable damage to property, all Class 4 felonies.
“These allegations are simply unconscionable. This type of conduct will not be tolerated and will be punished to the full force of the law. As a result of his alleged actions, Mr. Fazzini now faces three felony charges,” the SAO said in a statement.
Fazzini’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 4, 2022, for arraignment before Judge Kinsella.
“The Aurora Police Department has zero tolerance for anyone who recklessly shoots a firearm in our city,” Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross said.
Aurora resident Megan Peterman said Jamo was still recovering from the incident last month.
“He’s not quite Jamo yet, but he’s still alive,” Peterman said. “He’s always coming back, and his personality is coming back a little more every day.”
According to his owners, Jamo approached the other dog who was off leash during the walk and that’s when Zach Zeciroski saw a flash of mouth.
“I still hear the gunshots,” he said. “I can still hear the terrible sound of Jamo moaning in pain. I could see the blood. I could see my daughter. I could see her shaking.
Peterman says vets told him the dog was extremely lucky to be alive.
“A thumb one way or the other, yeah, he wouldn’t be there,” she said.
The family said they don’t know why the other owner would have opened fire, given there was distance between the two dogs the night the shooting happened.
“We had a good 12 feet wide,” Zeciroski said. “We were on opposite sides of the street, and I even stopped to let him go further down the street. It is a very dog-friendly neighborhood.
Friends and neighbors participated in a fundraiser to help pay for the dog’s care.
“There’s going to be follow-up care needed,” Peterman said. “He still needs CT scans to make sure the bone fragments at the base of his skull aren’t going to cause any problems now that the swelling has gone down.”