Will ‘Puppy Doe’ Finally Get Justice in Court?

Those who remember the Puppy Doe story may be surprised to learn that four years later, her accused killer has yet to go to trial. But that’s about to change.

Puppy Doe was a young female pit bull once named Kiya. Because of an unhappy set of circumstances, she ended up in the hands of a man named Radoslaw Czerkawski. What happened to her is the stuff of nightmares.

Czerkawski faces 11 felony animal cruelty charges  in Massachusetts for what he allegedly did to Kiya. His trial is now set for March 6, 2018.

Over the course of about four months, authorities say Czerkawski starved and tortured poor Kiya in a particularly gruesome way. Kiya 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. Her leg bone was almost broken in half.

Kiya also suffered burns, a split tongue and a wounded eye. Life could not have been much worse for this poor dog. When she was finally rescued, she was in such bad shape the only kind thing to do was euthanize her.

What kind of sick mind does this to an innocent animal? One can only wonder how many previous animals suffered similar fates as the perpetrator became better and better at his nauseating pastime. It’s also worth wondering whether he had graduated to human killings yet. If not, he was clearly on his way in that direction.

It took more than one disturbed person to kill Kiya, of course. The irrational fear of pit bulls is also to blame here. Kiya’s loving owner had to give her up when it turned out her landlord and/or her homeowner’s insurance wouldn’t allow a pit bull — stories differ on that point.

Unfortunately, the person who adopted Kiya didn’t keep her, but instead offered up the dog on Craigslist — that’s always a mistake. In this case, the seller asked for $40 for Kiya, and he sold her to a man who showed up well-dressed and driving a late model luxury sedan. That man was reportedly Czerkawski.

Typically, the concern is that “free” dogs will end up as bait for dog fighting rings. Here, though, poor Kiya was adopted by Czerkawski, who allegedly tortured and starved her over the course of weeks or months. Can you imagine the agony of finding out that this is what happened to the dog you were forced to give up?

Contact a rescue group for help if you have a dog or cat you can’t keep, or if you know someone in that position. These groups are all over the place, and they exist for this very purpose.

Spread the word, everyone. If you know anyone trying to get rid of a pet, urge them not to do it on Craigslist. In so many cases, only heartbreak will follow.

Breed discrimination started the wheels turning that ended up allowing sweet Kiya to end up in the hands of a monster. When will this shortsightedness stop? There are no bad dogs, and no bad dog breeds. It’s all in the training and socialization of the individual dog.

What of Czerkawski? Finally, judgment day is at hand.

It took four years to get Czerkawski in front of a judge because of a laundry list of delays. The trial, originally set for August 2017, has been delayed four times.

Once it was because Czerkawski suffered an injury in prison that supposedly would have made it too “uncomfortable” to sit through an entire trial. (Czerkawski is already behind bars for unrelated charges.) Then the case had to be delayed again because the prosecutor needed emergency surgery to save her eyesight.

Finally, though, it looks like the court date is truly set. I hope the four intervening years haven’t served to make everyone forget about poor Puppy Doe. Kiya must be remembered, honored and fought for. She needs justice.

Photo credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston

179 comments

Lesa D
Lesa D14 days ago

*JUSTICE FOR KIYA*

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Lesa D
Lesa D14 days ago

thank you Susan...

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R16 days ago

@Carole R. First we need to revise our (almost non-) existent laws!

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R16 days ago

Thank you for posting.

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Ruth S
Ruth S17 days ago

A sick mind is the key to this abuse.

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Carole R
Carole R18 days ago

What an awful shame for this dear pup. That guy needs the full extent of the law.

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natasha p
Past Member 19 days ago

he should be tortured. I would do it with great pleasure

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joan silaco
joan silaco3 months ago

Your next serial killer!

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett3 months ago

One wonders how long it will be before this sadist becomes a 'serial killer'

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Judy t
Judy t3 months ago

And Craig's List is still going strong with owners listing their pets for free giving sharks like Czerkawski fast opportunity to prey on the easy convenience of removing them from the owners who are only glad to to get rid of them in a hurry and always post the same o'l line "we can't keep it or afford it or we are moving and can't take it with us". Or they make the re-homing fee so cheap it is laughable for the abuser to purchase. Once the animal is in their possession and driving off it is too late. It should be outlawed to list animals on Craigslist. There is a Free items category on Craigslist that people also post their pets on which should also be banned. Czerkawski did a evil thing to an innocent animal who only wanted to be loved and cared for. His skulduggery act he had committed must be punished to the fullest extent. WE ARE NOW IN THE MODERN ERA AND ANIMAL ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! Justice for Kiya!

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