Man Allegedly Kills Pit Bull For Ripping $4 Shirt

Suspect held on $80,000 bail

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    Cook County Sheriff's Department
    Damien Wilkerson was being held on $80,000 bail.

    Police say a Chicago man admitted to killing a pit bull because it ripped his t-shirt Saturday.

    Damien Wilkerson, 34, of the 700 block of North Pine, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and was being held on $80,000 bail.

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    A small dog was mauled and killed by a pit bull Saturday afternoon after a neighborhood dog got loose in the Illinois Medical District.

    Wilkerson is accused of beating the animal with sticks and rocks, stabbing it, then stuffing it into a trash bin.

    Police say Wilkerson admitted becoming enraged after the the dog and a puppy ripped his $3.98 t-shirt. The puppy ran away, but witnesses say Wilkerson jumped over a fence and started beating the dog with a milk crate.

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    Officer was on patrol for the dog after an attack just minutes earlier and blocks away. Natalie Martinez reports.

    Wilkerson reportedly told police that one of the dogs went for this throat, so he "choked the dog out."