The courthouse crowd applauded on Thursday at the arraignment in the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Mass. as the judge ordered animal abuse suspect Radoslaw Czerkawski to be held with no bail reported wcvb.com.
In an egregious case of animal cruelty, a one-year-old pit bull named Puppy Doe by authorities, was found malnourished and tortured on Aug. 31 on Whitwell Street in Quincy, Mass. The dog, once named Kiya by her original owners, suffered from stab wounds to her eyes, fractures, spinal injuries, a split tongue, and starvation.
In what is being referred to as the worst case of animal torture ever seen by vice president of animal welfare for the Animal Rescue League of Boston, veterinarian Dr. Martha Smith Blackmore stated that X-rays showed:
"too many broken bones to count and terrifyingly, some of her joints that had been dislocated looked as though they'd been pulled apart."
Puppy Doe was humanely euthanized.
Czerkawski pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of animal cruelty; each charge a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. He was also charged with misleading police after he told authorities he had seen kids with Puppy Doe in the woods.
Animal advocates cried as Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Tracy Cusick read the cruelty counts and described the dog's injuries to the judge.
Czerkawski, 32, may also face additional charges in the theft of $150,000 in cash and jewelry which had belonged to the elderly woman he had been caring for in the same home where Puppy Doe was held in a small enclosure and likely repeatedly tortured.
After an intensive investigation, Czerkawski was arrested on Oct. 28. The judge fears if allowed out on bond, the suspect could be deported back to Poland and never stand trial in Massachusetts.
The Facebook page, Justice for Puppy Doe, has garnered over 80,000 likes. Advocates hope for justice and stronger laws against animal cruelty. Indicative of the support came these encouraging words:
"Cindy Hendricks Thank you..from Virginia. In her suffering, Puppy Doe has become a voice for those who cannot speak. All of you who have been a constant in her cause for justice are angels. Be proud of the work you have done to bring animal abuse to the eyes and ears of the law. I hope this brings a "Puppy Doe Law" to the law books... just as child abuse, kidnapping cases have brought changes.. ie: laws named after victims."
Czerkawski is expected back in court on Feb. 11, 2014.
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