Herobuilders, a Connecticut-based toy manufacturer owned by Emil Vicale, will be crafting an “exact as possible” Puppy Doe figurine in honor of the severely abused pit bull mix out of Quincy, Mass. Puppy Doe captured the hearts of thousands when she was found near death, having suffered from some of the worst cruelty the state has ever seen.
The four-inch tall figurine will sell for $29.95 but only 2,000 of them will be made. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston, as well as the possible creation of a memorial bench or statue of Puppy Doe at the Whitwell Street Playground, where Puppy Doe was found.
“People simply want something to hold on to ... a tangible remembrance of the pup. Thousands of people are in great emotional distress over the horrendous and repeated torture endured by this dog. Perhaps the keepsakes will provide them with some level of comfort," said Vicale.
The figurines is currently in the stages of prototyping and sculpting but can be preordered at Herobuilders.
"Every figurine will be cast in resin, hand-molded and hand-painted right here in Oxford, Connecticut, USA," said Vicale.
The manufacturer also plans to create a plush Puppy Doe key chain in March. The puppy on the key chain will measure four inches in height and cost between $9 and $15.
Also in the works is a book “Deliver Us From Evil” about the Puppy Doe case, authored by Sandra Lee, a Boston area true crime and mystery writer. Vicale had hoped the key chains would come out the same time as the book but the book will probably be released come fall, pending the end of the trial. More information on the book will be forthcoming.
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