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.
The trial for Radoslaw Czerkawski, the man accused of torturing Puppy Doe, had been scheduled to begin on Monday, however the defense requested a delay of one week. Jury selection will begin next Monday. According to the Boston Herald, presiding Judge Kenneth J. Fishman issued rules for all animal rights protesters who plan to attend, ensuring the defendant is entitled to a fair trial. All advocates will be barred from wearing buttons, shirts or other identifying photos and phrases inside of the Dedham Superior Court that express either affection for Puppy Doe or disdain against Czerkawski.
“There have been demonstrations on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse involving the carrying of signs by numerous individuals relating to the defendant during most, if not all of the court proceedings involving the defendant,” Judge Fishman wrote in his most recent decision.
Therefore a buffer zone has also been established barring demonstrations, signs, displays or commentary relating to the case from taking place within 500 feet of the courthouse or in the public parking lot. Both prosecutors and Czerkawski’s attorney Larry Tipton had requested the boundaries be established.
Interviews with animal right protesters have all agreed to the judge’s orders and state they don’t want anything to interfere in the trial’s progress.
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 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 he 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 to humanely euthanize the dog.
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