Just days after suspected animal abuser, Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski stood before a judge in the Norfolk Superior Court, as Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cusick slowly unraveled the heartbreaking story of the brief life and subsequent death of "Puppy Doe," a couple, suspected of another egregious animal cruelty case were indicted for the brutal killing of a cat in the same courtroom reported the Patriot Ledger.com.
Christopher Lang, 33, and Lori Tasney, 36 were indicted on Wednesday for animal cruelty to an award winning Ragdoll cat named Kitty, who was owned by Dana Hamilton and her father Richard Babineau.
On April 30, Lang and Tasney were babysitting for Hamilton's two-year-old child at her home on Sea Street in Quincy. When Hamilton returned home, the cat was missing. That evening, the dead cat was found near the basement door; the cat had always been an indoor cat.
A few days later, Hamilton found cat fur in the lint trap of the clothes dryer. The cat's body was retrieved, and a necropsy was performed by Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Dr. Smith-Blackmore also performed the necropsy on "Puppy Doe."
Kitty died from blunt force trauma, hyperthermia, and pulmonary contusions consistent with being tumbled to death.
An investigation by Detective Thomas Pepdjonovic of the Quincy Police Department who also investigated the case of "Puppy Doe" revealed Lang has a history of alleged mental illness particularly relating to animal cruelty. There have been reports of other cats dying from unnatural deaths.
If found guilty, both Lang and Tasney face a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.
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