A Norfolk Superior Court judge on Monday rescheduled the trial for Oct. 24.
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 he had to be euthanized shortly after he was found clinging onto life at a nearby playground.
Radoslaw Czerkawski’s trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 8. Czerjawski has pleaded not guilty, and suggests youngsters drinking in the park where the pup was found, were responsible for the abuse. The case, however is scheduled Monday for trial assignment, meaning a judge may pick a new trial date reports NecnNews.
Nearly two weeks ago, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office stated that jury selection in the trial of Czerkawski, has been postponed; Morrissey’s office posted a statement explaining that Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cusick’s retina had become detached as she had been experiencing “a loss of vision in one eye.” The district attorney’s office said Cusick, a prosecutor specializing in animal cruelty cases, went to the emergency room after losing her sight in one eye and underwent surgery.
Czerkawski’s trial will commence at the Norfolk County Superior Court where the suspect 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 an elderly woman. 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.”
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.
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