She died after living a horrible life at the hands of a monster who is now in custody, facing a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison, followed by deportation back to his homeland of Poland. Her story touched people around the world, with a following of over 77,000 users on a special Facebook page set up in her honor. Through the efforts of the Quincy Police Department, other investigators, and all the folks affected by her horrific story, her abuser and torturer was found; and in some small way we will get "Justice for Puppy Doe".
Before the apprehension of this monster who calls himself a human, groups of people gathered for vigils here in Massachusetts as well as in other states including nearby New York. The outcry for justice on social media and from news outlets has likely never been seen before at this magnitude. And even though this poor excuse for a human being has been found, and will be tried in a court of law, the vigils continue -- not to save poor Puppy Doe (also known as Kiya), because she had to be euthanized due to her severe injuries -- but to keep the story going so that justice will finally be served. We can only hope that the system will prevail and he will get the maximum sentence. It is everyone's hope that this case will also be the first step in creating harsher laws and punishment for animal abusers in the future. Puppy Doe will not have lost her life in vain, she will be the catalyst to get real changes accomplished, starting in Massachusetts, where so many other "firsts" in modern law have taken shape.
Another aim of supporters of the Puppy Doe crusade is to eliminate the free exchange of animals on Craigslist and other advertising sites, newspapers, and the like. "Free to a good home" is a remembrance of days gone by. In the 21st century, free exchange of pets is just an invitation to have a pet tortured, used for fighting or bait, or killed.
This weekend, the crusade continues. Our friends at Pet Rock Fest, in conjunction with some concerned individuals, will hold a vigil in honor and memory of Puppy Doe in Northborough, Mass. To quote the Facebook event page set up for this event:
"Pet Rock Fest, Inc., has joined MetroWest realtor Lyn Gorka and local animal advocate and artist Cathy Staniunus to host a “Vigil for Kiya” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at Ellsworth-McAfee Park, Route 135, Northborough, MA.
Kiya, dubbed “Puppy Doe” by those who found her, is at the center of an investigation, as this pit bull was found in a park in Quincy, MA, earlier this month. She had been brutally tortured and left for dead, and because of extensive injuries, Kiya had to be euthanized.
Police, following many leads in an effort to find the perpetrators of this vicious act of animal cruelty, made an arrest this week of a man they believe is connected to the crime.
The vigil offers concerned citizens an opportunity to mourn together, and also join others in solidarity against those who abuse, torture and murder animals. The vigil includes speakers, performances, and more to be announced. Speakers, so far, include Cathy Staniunas and Gorka. Brianna Grace will sing a song in Puppy Doe’s memory and Jeffrey Brandt will read a poem. People should bring candles, though some will be available.
Politicians involved in the sponsoring of the PAWS bill are expected to attend, as well.
“The purpose of the vigil is to remind people that this kind of cruelty on animals cannot be tolerated,” said Gorka. “We want to thank the Quincy Police for bringing this monster to justice…they worked hard and were persistent in capturing this monster. I want to have this vigil to remind people that this dog died because of the abuse it took from a monster…and to remind people not to give their pets away free or on Craigsist…give to a shelter when in doubt. We all need to be the voice for our animals because they all depend on us and we need to keep them out of harm’s way.”
Gorka was chosen as one of this year’s Pet Rock Fest heroes, acknowledging her actions after she discovered an abandoned dog in a property she was showing in Hudson. The dog had been left behind by previous owners, and starved to death. Gorka has relentlessly pushed for changes in state law as it relates to pet abandonment.
Joining throngs of concerned citizens and animal advocates throughout New England, and around the country, Pet Rock Fest is donating $1,000 toward the reward fund for Puppy Doe."