As reported by the Patriot Ledger, 32-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski of Poland was arrested yesterday and charged with 11 counts of cruelty to animal in the case of Puppy Doe. He was also charged as a fugitive from justice. His bond has been set at $500,000. Now a petition is being circulated, asking that he be given the maximum possible punishment available under Massachusetts law for this horrendous crime.
The story of Puppy Doe/Kira was reported here, and links to those prior articles can be found at the end of this article. This precious, innocent little pit bull was subjected to the most horrific repeated cruelty and neglect, with injuries so severe that she had to be euthanized after she was found abandoned in the woods. She had been thrown out like garbage, to suffer in agony and die alone, but thankfully, was found by a passerby. While it is little consolation to the advocates whose hearts were shattered by her story, at least during her last hours on this earth, she knew love.
It is believed that Czerkawski had Puppy Doe for several months, after this poor dog had been traded several times via Craigslist advertisements. Officials and the veterinarian who did the necropsy on Puppy Doe believe the torture she was subjected to occurred over several weeks. There was clear evidence at the scene of the arrest of blood and pawprints, indicating that police had the perpetrator. The terror and agony this precious little girl suffered cannot even be described in words that could adequately encompass the sadistic torture inflicted upon her. She was starved, burned, cut, had her joints repeatedly pulled apart, her skull fractured, and her bones broken. How anyone can look into the eyes of an innocent and helpless animal, and then intentionally torture him or her is incomprehensible.
The Police Department in Quincy, Mass., the Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with the Office of the District Attorney in Canton, Mass. are working closely together on this case. It was thanks to a tip given to the police, credited to be thanks to advocates on social media, that led to the investigation and arrest of Czerkawski. Once again, animal advocates pulled together to help bring about the arrest of someone alleged to have been the monster who sadistically tortured an innocent animal. The outrage of advocates was clear on today when the bond hearing took place, and many brought their own beloved dogs to the courthouse for the hearing.
As also reported in the Patriot Ledger, State Representative Bruce Ayers, D-Quincy has been a strong proponent for tougher animal abuse laws in Massachusetts. He presented a bill in January that would toughen the penalties for these crimes. This is in addition to another bill filed just recently, asking that a state registry be created for animal abusers.
This is a good first step, but a national registry is what is sorely needed, so abusers cannot simply move across state lines and start their acts of cruelty all over again, free of being known by local authorities in another state.
The petition circulating is directed to the judge who will hear the case. You can access it here, or at the link provided below. Please consider adding your voice to this petition, to let the judge who hears this case know that advocates are watching this case closely, and demand that justice be handed down for the suffering inflicted upon Puppy Doe. Please circulate the petition through your contacts in social media, and let us all show the judge who hears the case that there is a groundswell of outrage over what happened to sweet Puppy Doe, and that the harshest possible punishment must be handed down.
It is time to stand up, speak out and be heard, and to be the voice that Puppy Doe did not have during all those terrifying weeks when she endured unspeakable acts of torture and cruelty. She suffered alone for who knows how long, and now advocates must do whatever they can to never let her be forgotten.
Click here to sign the petition: "Punish the man responsible for the torture of Puppy Doe - also known as Kiya."
Click here for the article: "Help find the monsters who tortured Puppy Doe".
Click here for the article: "Reward up to $15,000 for information about Puppy Doe."
Click here for the article: "Puppy Doe sparks new petition against "free to good home" advertisements."
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