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Nationwide Outrage Grows Over Gruesome Abuse of “Puppy Doe”

Nationwide Outrage Grows Over Gruesome Abuse of “Puppy Doe”

If you hate stories about cruelty to animals, give this one a pass. It’s one of the most savagely horrific animal crimes in recent memory and it will break your heart. What’s worse is that the sick, twisted perpetrator is unknown and remains at large. Still reading? You’ve been warned.

This sweet little brindle and white pit bull puppy once had a name. She’s known to the world now as “Puppy Doe,” but once upon a time she was Kiya, and she was loved. When her owner’s landlord decided she couldn’t keep a pit bull puppy, however, a Craigslist ad found Kiya a new home. That’s when the real tragedy began to unfold.

Kiya’s new owner got rid of her a few months later, apparently because she didn’t want her anymore or couldn’t care for her. Somehow, Kiya ended up in the hands of monsters.

On August 23, a passerby found Kiya abandoned near a playground in Quincy, Mass. She was barely alive and could not walk. Authorities named her “Puppy Doe.”

She was a Rack of Beaten Bones

Puppy Doe had been tortured. She had been “drawn,” which is a medieval-style torture that stretches the limbs until the joints pull apart. Her wrist, ankle and elbow bones were separated from their joints, and a leg bone was almost broken in half.

“It’s a very intimate form of violence,” said Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, who says Puppy Doe was drawn “over and over and over.”

“I don’t know how they did it, but the force was tremendous,” she added. Dr. Smith-Blackmore said she had to take a time out from the puppy’s post-mortem examination to pull herself together before she could complete it. It was that bad. If you can bear it, read her report here.

That’s not all Puppy Doe endured, though. Not by a longshot. In additional to extreme malnourishment, Puppy Doe’s tongue had been crudely sliced in order to create a snake-like split, she’d been stabbed in the right eye, burned on the nose and beaten. She had broken ribs, broken vertebrae and crushed cheekbones.

“She was a rack of beaten bones,” said Dr. Smith-Blackmore. ”When I saw how vulnerable she was and I understood immediately the duration of her suffering, my heart collapsed.”

This ruthless torture occurred over weeks or months, according to Dr. Smith-Blackmore. It’s a wonder this poor dog was still alive. Puppy Doe got a good meal and some loving care, but it quickly became clear she had to be euthanized.

See HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell discuss the “Puppy Doe” case here:

This is How Serial Killers Get Started

“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,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey in a press release about this case.

“I spoke with Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan and we share a sense of urgency here, as does the Animal Rescue League [of Boston],” Morrissey added. ”It is prudent to proceed as if the perpetrator or perpetrators have moved on and are now aiming this cruelty and violence at another target and needs to be stopped.” A prosecutor with experience and training in animal cruelty cases will be working with law enforcement on this investigation.

Law enforcement officials are absolutely correct. Whoever did this must be found and stopped as soon as possible. The person (or people) will do this again to other animals, and eventually to humans, too. People do not commit atrocities like this only once.

Pit Bull Paranoia and Craigslist – A Lethal Combination

It appears a combination of pit bull discrimination and naivete about re-homing dogs using Craigslist are to blame for putting Kiya in harm’s way.

“No one was willing to rent to someone with a pit bull and two other dogs. We looked for four months,” Kiya’s first owner told the Boston Herald. “We even offered our landlord more money.” She was horrified to learn later what had happened to her dog. She thought Kiya was happy in a new home and didn’t know she’d been passed on to persons unknown.

Responding to criticism over continuing to allow pet ads on Craigslist, CEO Jim Buckmaster said he will not put a stop to those ads. He said in his blog:

[D]irect rehoming via classifieds is a solution, not a problem. Countless pets find good homes on CL, saved from euthanization (“no kill” shelters are full and 3 million healthy pets are put down yearly). In fact, CL “pets” is a primary tool shelter volunteers themselves use to find homes for dogs and cats they might otherwise have to put down. We at craigslist love animals and are proud of the overwhelming good our “pets” section does in finding them new loving homes. Let’s honor Kiya by (1) not breeding so many pets, and (2) taking care when a new home must be found (CL recommends a rehoming fee).

Well, yes and no. Yes, these ads undoubtedly do find good new homes for many animals in cases where people make an effort and take a few precautions. Yes, charging a re-homing fee is much better than offering a pet for free. No, Buckmaster’s response doesn’t cut it, because there will always be many uncaring people out there who will offer “free” animals, just to get them out of the house and off their hands.

Do the successful Craigslist pet adoptions outweigh the horror stories? Do we have any way to know?

Puppy Doe Inspires Vigils, Reward Offers and Legislation

Heartbroken dog lovers around the country are staging vigils to remember Kiya. Hundreds showed up in Boston on September 28. See a news report about that vigil here:

Organizers have arrangements in place for a huge vigil in New York City on National Pit Bull Awareness Day, Saturday, October 26 from 5-8 p.m.

Massachusetts state senator Bruce Tarr has proposed legislation in his state called Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS), which would increase the penalties of those convicted of abusing animals and create an animal abuse registry to prevent those convicted of animal abuse from being able to buy or sell animals.

Rewards abound for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this soul-shattering crime. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering $5,000, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering $2,000 and Misty’s Journey/Second Chance Rescue are offering $11,000, just to name a few.

If you are interested in following the progress of the Puppy Doe case, you may want to “like” the “Justice for Puppy Doe” page on Facebook.

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has already said he doesn’t plan to drop pet ads from Craigslist.  However, if youd like to encourage him to at least stop allowing any ads that offer free pets, sign this petition. Care2 will forward it to Mr. Buckmaster on your behalf.

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8:00AM PDT on Sep 30, 2015

The man accused of torturing Puppy Doe, whose original name was Kiya, is being held on $500,000 bail after his arraignment proceedings at Quincy District Court on Tuesday, and faces up to 55 years in prison – 5 years for each of the 11 counts of animal abuse he is charged with. There is also a $5 million surety attached to bail, and he was required to surrender his passport.

The poor dog was euthanized after being found near Boston with a number of injuries consistent with medieval-style torture.

Polish immigrant Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski has been charged with eleven counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading a police investigation. A pre-trial conference will take place on November 21.

“People get frustrated at how slow things work, but this individual, the defendant, does deserve and will get a fair and impartial trial,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

At least two dozen animal lovers showed up in support of Kiya, donning t-shirts and buttons with the dog’s photo. Several people sobbed loudly as her injuries were read aloud.

10.30.13 - Puppy Doe Abuser $500,000 Bail4

Kiya had been given away to a woman via Craigslist, who may have given the dog to a couple, who sold her to Czerkawski. The original owner contacted police to tell them she believed Puppy Doe had once belonged to her, and they were able to trace the man back to her.

“The guilt and responsibility I felt – my heart broke,” said La

7:55AM PDT on Sep 30, 2015

This was 2013,,,did they find who committed the crime ???
I dont think so

7:53AM PDT on Sep 30, 2015

and again Craigslist.....
R.I.P little one,,,, i so hope they find who did this to you

5:50PM PDT on Sep 29, 2015

I can't express how sad and sick I feel. Whoever did this is the worst of the monsters. I'm hoping this reward will help in the capture of this evil before he stricks again. Rot in Hell!

11:05AM PDT on Sep 28, 2015


8:29PM PDT on Sep 27, 2015

Rest in peace, dear Kiya. You will not be forgotten.

Craigslist needs to ban free pets ads from the site. Free to good home should be banned everywhere.

5:56PM PDT on Sep 27, 2015

@Amy L. I hope this monster is killed in the most severe and hurtful manner ever imagined, or possibly or hopefully he same way he killed poor Kiya!!!

I could not read the entire article because I wanted to barf from the barbarity!!!

2:05PM PDT on Sep 27, 2015

Radoslaw Czerkawsk is the monster. He slithered his way into the US from Poland - has he killed people and animals in Poland? If he hadn't been caught for larceny he more than likely would have murdered more animals became bored with me and moved onto humans. He is too dangerous to live. He should be executed. Why should we support a monster like this worthless POS to have three meals a day, a place to sleep, television, clean clothes, showers etc. I really hope the other inmates get a hold of him and do away with him in a horrible way.

11:58AM PDT on Sep 27, 2015

Whoever did this is DANGEROUS to everybody. I can not Believe homo sapiens monsters like that walk this earth... but for all animals Earth is HELL - especially pit bulls and farm animals.

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