“Puppy Doe” – the nickname given to a severely abused pit bull – is uniting animal lovers and advocates, who are now offering a reward for the whereabouts of the person(s) who saw fit to torture the young female dog to the point she had to be euthanized, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 25.
Puppy Doe, who at one point in her short life had been named “Kiya,” was found beaten with broken bones, stabbed in the eye and burned, with her tongue crudely cut to shape it into a serpent-like fork. The pit bull, only a few years old, was left for dead in a Quincy, Mass. park in late August.
The veterinarian who attempted to treat Puppy Doe said it was “the worst case of animal abuse” she’d ever seen, calling the puppy a “rack of broken bones.”
Speaking of the abuser, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, who performed Puppy Doe's autopsy, called him or her a “freak.”
“They’re a freak, a total freak,” Smith-Blackmore told CBS Boston last week. “Splitting her tongue, burning her nose, stabbing her eye, it’s the totality of the types of injuries. Not only was she beaten, she was stabbed, she was burned... it’s all kinds of injures. It’s a sick mind that can do this to an animal.”
Now, activists and those who were outraged at this heart-rending story have started to do something about it.
The Animal Rescue League is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the abuser or abusers arrest. Others have taken to social media, starting a Facebook page calling for justice and raising money for a reward.
“We take it very seriously,” Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said. “We don’t have an awful lot to go on right now, but we are canvassing the area to see who belongs to this dog or where the dog came from.”
“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. We need to find the person who did this and see what else they are doing,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement.
Puppy Doe's former owner, Laura Hankins, said she bought the puppy from Craigslist but had to giver her up because her landlord wouldn’t allow her to keep the pit bull along with her other pets. She in turn sold Kiya to a Grafton woman, also via Craigslist.
“No one was willing to rent to someone with a pit bull and two other dogs. We looked for four months,” Hankins said. “We even offered our landlord more money."
Puppy Doe’s story has also fueled an online petition calling for the halt of unregulated dog sales on Craigslist.
“These are breathing, feeling, loving animals we’re talking about, not old sofas or televisions,” 36-year-old dog lover Joyel Ennis wrote. The change.org petition has already collected close to 34,000 signatures as of the writing of this article. “We need to challenge Craigslist to do better by adopting a new policy that prohibits all animal re-homing through its site.”