Over one month ago a pit bull dubbed Puppy Doe was found near death in Quincy, MA. She had been badly beaten, brutally tortured and starved. A good Samaritan brought her to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and after witnessing the gruesome abuse she suffered from, the ARL humanely euthanized her to put her out of her misery.
As soon as the news broke, animal lovers around the world came together to mourn and express their outrage at the sadistic perpetrators who dare do this to a helpless animal. Multiple Facebook pages were created in Puppy Doe's honor and a memorial was set up in the place the puppy was found.
A vigil was held, where about 500 people attended, to honor Puppy Doe and raise awareness of the prevalence of animal abuse. Puppy Doe has brought to light the need for tougher laws and she has inadvertently become a spokesdog for pit bulls everywhere.
The Quincy Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney's office have followed many leads and the investigation is active. Though no suspects have been arrested thus far, there is high hope that the persons responsible will be found and persecuted to the full extent of the law.
There are a number of legislative bills active in Massachusetts regarding animal rights, including an animal abuse registry and a bill to ban insurance companies from not insuring based on the breed of dog in the home.
October is pit bull awareness month: a time to educate on how to protect the breed. A reminder there is a long way to go to gain tougher animal abuse laws and the need to stop the general public from condemning any one breed.
Puppy Doe will not be forgotten. The sweet pit bull who suffered terrible abuse, too gruesome to relay here, who never got to grow up and know love, has brought thousands of people together. May she rest in peace and know the world loves her.
If you have any information about the case of Puppy Doe, please contact the Quincy Police Department at (617) 745-5774 or the law enforcement agency at The Animal Rescue League of Boston at (617) 526-5610.