Police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old Polish man in an animal cruelty case that involved a pit bull puppy known as "Puppy Doe." The dog was found badly beaten and abused in Quincy, Massachusetts, in late August. Veterinarians tried to keep her alive but her injuries were too serious and she could not be saved.
According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, when Puppy Doe was discovered, she weighed less than half what a normal, healthy dog of her size should. The rescue league said Puppy Doe, who was estimated to be about 1 or 2 years old, was starved and routinely beaten, suffering multiple fractures. She also appeared to have burn and stab wounds.
“Words cannot adequately describe the shocking suffering that Puppy Doe endured or capture the urgency in identifying who did this to her,” Mary Nee, Boston president of the Animal Rescue League, said in a statement in September.
That same month, authorities appealed to the public for any information about the case. The story sparked outrage in Quincy and across the country on Twitter. Facebook groups were started and petitions were formed to spread the word and try to find the person or people responsible.
District Attorney Michael Morrissey now says his office received "hundreds of calls and tips" about Puppy Doe along with being "inundated with tips, concerns and offers of assistance from around the world."
The investigation led them to Radoslaw Czerkawski. A citizen of Poland, Czerkawski, was found in Connecticut and brought back to Massachusetts to face charges. This week, authorities charged him with 11 counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading police investigators. Czerkawski, speaking through a Polish translator, pleaded not guilty to all charges. Bail was set at $500,000. Calls to Czerkawski's attorney have not been returned.
Czerkawski is due back in court on November 21 for a pretrial conference.
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