A memorial has been set up in Quincy to honor the dog known world-wide as “Puppy Doe”, according to the Patriot Ledger. The puppy found in Quincy, Mass. who had been brutally tortured, abused and starved, who later had to be humanely euthanized, has gained nation-wide followers. Her perpetrator(s) are still at large.
Puppy Doe is believed to be a puppy once named Kiya, who was given away via Craigslist. Until DNA tests prove otherwise, this is only one of many leads being followed up on. Says Ami Bowen, a spokesperson for the Animal Rescue League of Boston:
“There’s no way ownership can be legally verified through pictures. She certainly owned a dog that looked a lot like Puppy Doe, but it’s hard to say for certain until they have DNA evidence that this was the dog,” Bowen said. “She’s one of the leads that Quincy police and the Animal Rescue League are following up on, but we don’t want to discourage other people with additional information.”
It is important to note that while a Facebook page called Justice for Puppy Doe has been established with photos of a puppy named Kiya, that it has not been verified that Puppy Doe was indeed this once-loved dog. Quincy police and the ARL are still encouraging any leads to come forward.
Various awards are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abuser(s).
If you have any information, please contact Detective Thomas Pepdjonovich at the Quincy Police Department at (617) 745-5774 or the law enforcement agency at The Animal Rescue League of Boston at (617) 526-5610.
**As a previous, long-time resident of Quincy, I urge all South Shore residents to be on the lookout. Keep your pets near you at all times and report any suspicious-looking individuals. Do not hesitate to call in anything that looks like abuse. Do not hesitate to stop and help a stray. Report any missing pet, and never, ever use Craigslist to rehome an animal.