In Dedham, Massachusetts and around the world, animal lovers have been waiting for more than four years for justice for a two-year-old dog, dubbed “Puppy Doe” who had been so severely abused she had to be euthanized shortly after she was found clinging onto life at a nearby playground.
Radoslaw Czerkawski’s trial is scheduled to begin later this month. Czerkawski has pleaded not guilty, and suggests youngsters drinking in the park where the pup was found, were responsible for the abuse. Defense attorney Larry Tipton has asked Judge Kenneth Fishman, scheduled to be presiding as the October 24 trial begins, to poll prospective jurors if they would dismiss as untrustworthy the testimony of a witness with a previous conviction. According to the Boston Herald, Tipton wants to know if the jury is likely to believe a defendant was “most likely to be guilty of the offense they’re being tried for if they already had a previous conviction. Czerkawski has been found guilty of larceny in 2015 for stealing from the elderly woman he had been hired to care for by the family’s children.
Czerkawski was sentenced to three to five years in prison for stealing $130,000 and to another three to five years for taking $4,500 from St. Lawrence Martyr Parish in New Bedford, where he had lived temporarily in 2012.
Czerkawski appeared in court on Thursday in chains. A Polish interpreter sat next to him. Tipton told the court he has not ruled out using a jury from out of the county if he felt a local jury couldn’t be fair based on the extensive publicity. More disturbing information surfaced on Thursday when it was revealed that Czerkawski had photos of dozens of puppies, men with dogs and at least one animal cruelty image on his computer.
Czerkawski faces 12 counts of animal cruelty, including the infliction of heinous injuries on the dog who was found in a Quincy park, close to where Czerkawski had been caring for the elderly woman in Quincy. Prosecutors stated Czerkawski had found the dog free of charge on Craigslist and spent weeks torturing the two-year-old pooch by stabbing her in the eye, burning her, pulling her limbs from the joints and slicing her tongue in half like a serpent. The despicable treatment was described as “medieval torture.”
Puppy Doe’s condition was so severe, veterinarians decided humanely euthanize the dog.
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