Puppy Doe: Suspect Arrested in Puppy Torture Case

Posted 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.

49 thoughts on “Puppy Doe: Suspect Arrested in Puppy Torture Case

  1. ALDF says:

    Justice for Puppy Doe!

  2. Kayla Murray says:

    I was under the impression that he could receive 5 years for EACH of the 11 counts, thus making it possible to be sentenced 55 years. Is this correct?

    1. Meech! says:

      God I hope so…

    2. Grace Day says:

      they deserve 10 years for each count

  3. karen says:

    This is is inhumane. Justice for this puppy is needed.

  4. Donna Lenhart says:

    This sick monster needs to be put away for LIFE. It is an outrage that this filth lives while poor Puppy Doe is gone. Thanks ALDF for all of this.

  5. Rochelle Bundren says:

    I’m so happy that the abuser was found but 5 years is not nearly enough of a punishment to justify the life of cruelty this poor puppy went through because of him. I hope it is 5 years per count.

  6. Fabiola says:

    Thank you so much ALDF for being the voice for the voiceless!!!

  7. christine bunton says:

    Lets hope this sadistic lowlife gets locked away for a long time & others like him.thankyou to ALDF

  8. Teresa Brenton says:

    The person who found this poor puppy must still be having nightmares….

  9. aviva says:

    5 years, out in less than half. Eye for an eye

    1. meehanma says:

      Yes I agree with “an eye for an eye” and the golden rule – Do un to others…..

      I suspect that when he arrives at the prison the inmates there will have some ideas on avenging Puppy Doe.

  10. aviva says:

    5 years? what a laugh. it will be out in less than half. Eye for an eye

  11. PAMELA says:

    he should be deported

  12. Anna Gawlikowska says:

    Justice for innocent puppy!

  13. NOLADESIREE says:

    Only a monster truly possessed by Satan himself could have performed these terrible acts of cruelty on an innocent animal. I hope he burns in Hell for eternity for these crimes after he is put away for 55 years in an American prison. DO NOT DEPORT HIM UNTIL HE HE HAS PAID HIS TIME FOR THE CRIME!

  14. Eileen says:

    I think the perpetrator himself should be subject to medieval-style punishment. I have always been against capital punishment, but this is an instance that seems a worthy exercise of it.

  15. Giuliana Rinaldo says:

    While I’m so beyond sad, angry, and outraged over what happened to Puppy Doe, I’m a little relieved that there is some justice finally for Puppy Doe. If Puppy Doe was a human being, the perpetrator would probably get either life in prison or the death penalty which is what he really deserves, in addition to midevil torture prior!

  16. Marilyn Beidler says:

    Don ‘t deport him as he will do the same elsewhere. Life in prison no parole.

    1. Maggie Lynch says:

      Agreed; he needs to be incarcerated for many years, not just five. Do time before deportation. No parole.

  17. Micky says:

    The person who tortured Puppy Doe must receive a minimum of 10 years in jail with no chance of parole.
    Fined 30,000.00 dollars, strip him of all of his assets.
    Once he has completed his jail time, he must be exiled from the USA immendiatlely.

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  19. LeeAnn Tapscott says:

    Please find the people. There isn’t enough justice for the innocent babies who love us so unconditionally. Why and what has happened to the hearts of those who do this inhumane treatment. Enough is enough.

  20. Tracie says:

    How about this he does the time for what he did to that dog then we ship his disgusting ass back to Poland. Let Poland keep their abusers. Why should we have to have him here. Get rid of him revoke whatever status he has.

  21. ilonka goode says:

    maybe they should do the same to the man so he can feel the pain ans suffering the poor dog went thru

  22. Ruth Stefano says:

    You failed to state the suspects name in this article.

  23. Laurie says:

    Thank you to ALDF for helping to capture this criminal!! I hope he gets 55 yrs in prison with no possible early parole! Rest in peace baby Puppy Doe.

  24. Pizzy says:

    This poor baby is a creation from GOD, therefore it should be handled like a human killing for we are also GODs creations. In the end tho…like it is said in the bible. ” vengeance is mine sayith the LORD.”

  25. Billy Dunlap says:

    Death penalty for this POS! If it was my dog I’d kill the bastard.

  26. Bea says:

    Five years is not enough. This scum should have his nasty face posted online so wherever he goes ppl can remind him of what he did, and it should be a violation for him to ever have another animal. I hate ppl that hurt animals it shows what kind of person they really are! I hope he rots !

  27. Marilyn Beidler says:

    He should do the max amt of time allowed, then be electronically watched the rest of his life….he should really be locked up the rest of his life for our protection/and our animals’ protection. If released, then he must have the electronic monitors on and must be ………..now, how is this going to work? He may escape and hide and get another animal….the only way, is life in prison for him….it seems the only way to be secure from him….Take a MRI of the brain to study these kinds of people, also various tests….

  28. Irena says:

    Verschrikkelijk…arm beestje

  29. Joel Cox says:

    When I think I have read the worst, another story of incredible cruelty arises. I hope whoever did this receives the same treatment!

  30. Margaret Setterholm says:

    Is this really the person who did these terrible things? What if this is the wrong person, and the real one is still out there, capable of far worse with more innocent animals…how did they link this dog and these crimes to this man? They were under huge pressure to get someone under arrest for this. This man speaks no English. Is the evidence all circumstancial? What is the evidence trail?

    1. meehanma says:

      Why is he the right guy –

      He lied to police saying that he saw 2 men disposing of the dog
      The house that he lived in abutted the park where the dog was found
      – Police found the dog’s DNA in the house where the man lived…Alone
      – There where bloody paw marks that matched Puppy Doe’s, blood spatter that matched Puppy Doe’s DNA and scratch marks in a closet that were from a dog – most likely Puppy Doe’s. All this DNA evidence was taken from the house that this person lived in.

      1. Patricia Rohan says:

        How come his picture has not been shown? Is it to protect him? Is he going to trial? How can the people find out how to get his sentence made higher! If this man is truly the man who did this unspeakable act of savagery, he does not belong on the street after 5 years or less, who knows if he has also hurt children and other innocent animals? He is a very dangerous man! Penalties must be stronger both jail and financial!

    2. Gwen says:

      This monster was living in a home and taking care of an elderly person who died. Right after the death puppy Doe was found near the home. Police searched the home, and puppy Doe’s DNA was found in the home along with scientifically identified fur from puppy Doe too

  31. Joane tardif says:

    Je ne sais pas d’où ce site vient mais si cela ce passait au Québec, Canada, rien ne serait fait pour l’aider ou pour sauver quelque chien que ce soit alors bravo a vous d’intervenir. Vous êtes tellement supérieur au Québec. Merci

  32. Hank Miller says:

    Read this two days ago and it has made me cry and sad since then. The perpetrator is one sick person and needs help. Unfortunately this poor pup is beyond any. RIP.

  33. Marilyn Beidler says:

    Yes when I first learned of Puppy Doe, I became very very depressed and I cried, too. Also, I felt anxiety and concern to know that there are people around us who could be so cruel. I felt horrible, and that is mostly what I thought about for quite awhile. I am still thinking about it, as I keep returning to this website. It is extremely disturbing. I think that we must have campaigns in our society to call attention that animals can be abused. The person who did this is extremely disturbed and needs help, but needs constant monitoring the rest of his life to keep him from harming others. I feel sad now. Thanks to ALDF for your help.

    1. Patricia Rohan says:

      Hey Marilyn, I’m an ARA, I see horrific things on a daily basis! My husband and family keep telling me to give up helping these poor abused animals, but I just can’t. I know how you feel. It’s hard to know that there are people out there who are so demoralized and evil that nothing, save the intervention of Almighty God in their lives will help them. Puppy Doe was a nightmare for me! After all I see and write about, this was the worse! I’m depressed much of the time, being this close to the pictures and descriptions of all types of abuse! Many people just want to stick their head in the sand and not bother with helping. I’m sorry, but that’s a very selfish thing to do. It hurts me to the core of my being, but just because I’m hurt I can’t give up and let the abuse continue. People need to put their feelings aside and bring themselves out to help! Doing nothing is wrong, in my eyes anyway! There is no grey here, either a person is for helping and joining in the fight, or they’re not, that makes them take the other side. Like the Bible says, your either for me or against me! Don’t give up Marilyn, help to fight back!

  34. Glenda says:

    I just felt compelled to toot the horn of the woman who started the ‘Justice for Puppy Doe’ FB page and gathered 70,000 followers to become the Voice for Puppy Doe.. Organized the vigils that were held to make sure Puppy Doe didn’t fall through the cracks.. Numerous petitions to get lenient abuse laws changed.. Kimber, and all her followers worked hard to keep Puppy Doe in the spotlight ’til her abuse was caught!! So…. Kudos to Kimber Timberline Barber!! R.I.P. Sweet Puppy Doe (aka Kiya) May your abuser get the punishment he so deserves!!


  35. Diane says:

    I can’t stop thinking about this case, this sweet, beautiful puppy who suffered so horribly at the hands of a demented psychopath. It makes me sad, angry, depressed. So glad the evil sicko was caught…he should get life with no parole. People like him are beyond help and should not be out in society to harm any living being. The penalties for animal abusers need to match those for crimes against people. I wish little Kiya could have been saved…RIP sweet angel, you have touched so many and will never be forgotten.

  36. Linda says:

    What is ALDF doing or what can ALDF do to help ensure that this abuser will pay for what he did? Will someone from ALDF be at the trial on Nov. 21?

    What can we do? Is there someone (the judge in the case?)we can contact to urge for the harshest penalty possible? These kinds of cases can not continue.

  37. Claire says:

    That poor puppy! She needs true justice. Those 5 years in prison are good, but I personally think that he deserves more. He ABUSED that dog so inhumanely. It’s sick to know what kind of people are out in the world today.

  38. Mary Brinker says:

    Not to worry, the animal loving population will handle this sick-o!!!

  39. DuClaud Monica says:

    I share the pain and distress all previous posts express but feel a little ray of hopeful light breaking through: a whole movement of people worldwide beginning to demand and fight for the rights of the voiceless. Although my initial reaction thinking of Puppy Doe is wanting violent revenge against the no-longer-human perpetrator, I know we mustn’t become him. Life in prison or an institution yes, to keep living creatures safe from him. But let’s not wish torture for him. Violent thoughts transcend.

  40. Belle says:

    I too was horrified to read about what puppy doe suffered. I do want to remind everyone here that animals in farm factories in this country and around the world suffer similar abuses day in and day out. Just watch a few minutes of any of the undercover videos and you will see. Those animals too, the chickens, pigs, turkeys and cows also feel fear and pain when being abused or boiled alive, or beaten, stomped on, etc. 10 billion a year. Please consider them in your daily food choices.

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