Quincy, Ma.--Authorities have confirmed that they are following 6 strong leads in the torturous death of pit bull mix, "Puppy Doe". One lead in particular seems promising: The testimony of Laura Hankins, the original owner of "Puppy Doe".
Thanks to Hankins who has been cooperating with police, more information has come to the surface.
Hankins told authorities that she purchased "Puppy Doe" originally named Kiya, through Craigslist. She recalls purchasing her for $200 from a Weymouth man at the age of 12 weeks. As Kiya began to grow and her bully breed features became more prominent, her landlord, due to insurance reasons, requested that Kiya go.
Hankins searched for a pit bull friendly apartment for months, and with no success, eventually turned to craigslist to rehome Kiya. Not wanting her dog to be caged in a shelter, Hankins felt that she could successfully rehome Kiya to a responsible home on her own.
Hankins began correspondence with a woman from the Grafton area who seemed to be a great fit. Believing that Kiya would be going into responsible caring home, Hankins agreed to rehome her beloved pup. Hankins received updates on Kiya until July, when all contact suddenly ceased. After coming across the heart-wrenching photos of the tortured pup, Hankins knew it was her dog who, at one point, was a beloved pet and canine sibling to two small dogs, a Chihuahua and a Min Pin.
Authorities have been in contact with the unnamed woman from Grafton, but she claims to have no information on Kiya, leading police to believe that she too, gave the dog away.
According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, animal lovers from across the globe have reached out to the organization with everything from tips to donations, to well-wishes for those working the case. As of Saturday, the ARL had received close to 500 calls and had extra staff manning the phones all day.
As of today, it is unclear whether or not authorities are close to cracking the case, but at the very least a few things can be taken away from this story:
1. Avoid rehoming pets on craigslist at all costs.
2. If you know something, say something.
3. Always keep a close eye on your pets. Microchips are essential in identifying pets who have been lost or stolen.
4. Never leave your pets unattended, EVER! Pet theft has been on the rise over the last few years, and any beloved pet could end up in a situation as scary as the one "Puppy Doe" has been subjected to.
At the very least, Laura Hankins asks that those who have seen the story of "Puppy Doe"/Kiya view her photos from happier times and remember her in that way.
As of late, the Animal Rescue League has set up a $5000 reward fund for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for harming "Puppy Doe". The $5000 goal has been reached, and any additional funds coming in will go towards caring for animals that come into ARL's facilities.
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