Few can forget the heartbreaking story of Puppy Doe, the young dog whose short, tortured life garnered a media frenzy in 2013 as police searched for the culprit responsible for the egregious mutilation of the young pit bull. Radoslaw Czerkawski, who has been in custody for larceny, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday as the trial finally gets underway.
According to the Boston Herald, Czerkawski’s trial will commence at the Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham 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.”
“People are going to be traveling in from out of state,” explained Deanna Terminiello, director of Pawsitively Puppy Doe. “People are taking vacations to be here. They’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Hopefully justice is finally served for the barbaric abuse she endured throughout her life.”
Puppy Doe’s injuries were so severe she had to be humanely euthanized just days after she was rescued.
In 2015, Czerkawski was found guilty of stealing $130,000 from the elderly woman he had been hired to care for after answering an ad to be a caretaker. The woman died on August 31, 2013 – the same day Puppy Doe was found lying on the grass in heartbreaking agony.
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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