A brindle-colored pit bull puppy was tortured and starved for months, and possibly her entire life, in what the veterinarian who performed the necropsy described as, “unquestionably ... hands down” the worst case of animal abuse she has ever seen.
Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said the puppy, who cops named “Puppy Doe” before she was euthanized, weighed 18 pounds - less than half the normal weight for a female pit between the ages of 1 and 2 — and had a serpent-like split in her tongue, apparently from a crude cutting procedure.
According to the necropsy findings, "Puppy Doe" had been stabbed in the eye days before being found, and had calloused bone from repeated blows to the head, and the tops of her vertebrae were smashed from her back being beaten — possibly with a board or baseball bat.
In addition to her other injuries, “Puppy Doe” endured having a wrist, ankle and elbow separated from their joints and a leg bone virtually broken in half from being drawn “over and over and over” according to Smith-Blackmore.
“She was a rack of beaten bones,” Smith-Blackmore said. “Her joints were pulled apart like Medieval times. She was beaten, stabbed, burned over weeks to months and maybe her whole life. And she could not walk. When I saw how vulnerable she was and I understood immediately the duration of her suffering, my heart collapsed.”
Smith-Blackmore said she had to step away from the necropsy several times, in order to finish it.
“Puppy Doe,” who was discovered by a passer-by Aug. 31 abandoned in woods near the Whitwell Street playground in Quincy. The woman who found her thought she had been hit by a car, and took her to VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth. There, “Puppy Doe” was given pain medication, a full meal, and lots of love. Because of the extent of her injuries, staff veterinarians determined that “Puppy Doe” would never live a life free of pain, and she was humanely euthanized.
“The last thing we can give her is justice,” Smith-Blackmore said. “We have to weep, because if we don’t weep we become numb.”
Authorities are pleading with the public to help them find the “sadistic” tormentor who starved and mutilated the dog, saying they’re worried the person may have harmed other animals or even people.
“We need anyone who knows who owned and abused this dog to contact authorities,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. “The injuries cataloged in the post-mortem examination are grotesque and indicate consistent starvation and abuse over an extended period of time.
“It is highly unlikely that this level of sadistic cruelty could be shown to one animal and not be part of a pattern involving other animals or perhaps vulnerable people,” he said. “We need to ﬁnd the person who did this and see what else they are doing.”
The connection between those who torture and kill animals, and perpetrators of violent crimes against people are well documented by scientific studies that draw a direct correlation between animal torture and human cruelty.
And appalling anecdotal stories about well-known serial killers abound. Mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer cut off the heads of cats and dogs impaling them on sticks; Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler, trapped dogs and cats in orange rates and shot arrows through the box, and David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz poisoned his mother's parakeet.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) Quincy Police Department and Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey are asking the public’s help in identifying the person responsible. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward, and The Animal Legal Defense League is offering a $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and prosecution in the case.
Anyone with information about the dog is urged to call the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610, email them at email@example.com, or call Quincy Police Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.
UPDATE: her name was "Kiya"... Click here for the updated story.