Puppy Doe: Suspect Arrested in Puppy Torture CasePosted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF's Staff Writer on November 1, 2013
In September, the Animal Legal Defense Fund offered a $2,000 reward for truthful information or testimony leading to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator(s) responsible for horrific torture, mutilation, and ultimate death of a sweet female pit bull puppy dubbed “Puppy Doe.” The puppy was found in late August—abandoned in the woods of Quincy, Mass.—with injuries indicating savage, unimaginable torture over the course of months. Her pain was so severe she was humanely euthanized to relieve her suffering.
A necropsy showed the puppy’s limbs were repeatedly pulled apart in a “medieval-style” and the puppy was beaten and burned. She had been severely starved, stabbed in the eyes, and had her tongue split in two.
Good investigative work alone brought about the arrest of a suspect in late October: The suspect—a Polish national—was arrested at a New Britain, Connecticut hotel and is being held on $500,000 bail. Radoslaw Arthur Czerkawski, 32, has been charged with eleven counts of animal cruelty. Under Massachusetts law, this felony aggravated animal abuse could mean five years in prison and a $2,500 fine, per charge. As Jane Velez-Mitchell reported, the suspect has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The story has sparked outrage across the nation, as well as petitions and social media pages—and detectives took the matter very seriously.
“ALDF commends the excellent work done by the local authorities and our thanks go to the Quincy Police Department, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Norfolk District Attorney and animal advocates,” said ALDF’s Diane Balkin.