A candlelight vigil planned for Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 p.m., at Pageant Field in Quincy, MA., is expected to gather hundreds of animal lovers in a tribute to Puppy Doe. Other vigils around the world are planned for the same time.
The story of Puppy Doe, a young pit bull who was discovered abandoned near a local park, has touched hearts around the world. The puppy was starved, beaten, and tortured, before being left to die in the in the vicinity of Carrolls Lane in Quincy, near the Whitwell Street playground and the campus of Quincy Medical Center in Boston, according to Boston Animal Rescue League (ARL). the Puppy was named "Puppy Doe" by police officers, because she had no identification. The dog was so badly injured that she had to be euthanized.
The owner of the puppy came forward last week and is working with authorities to try to track down Puppy Doe's abuser. Puppy Doe, whose name was Kiya, was re-homed after the owner says her landlord insisted she would not allow Kiya to stay.
Organizers of the vigil hope to use the event to call attention to the need for tougher laws against animal abuse, and tougher penalties for abusers. Under current Massachusetts law, Puppy Doe's abuser would face a maximum sentence of five years in jail, and a maximum fine of $2,500.
ARL President Mary Nee, Massachusetts State Representative Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy/Randolph), and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey will speak during the ceremony.
A reward of up to $18,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for Puppy Doe's abuse and torture. Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.
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