Closing arguments are scheduled to begin on Thursday in the trial of the man accused of abusing a dog named Puppy Doe so severely, she had to be humanely euthanized shortly after she was rescued.
In Dedham, Massachusetts, the prosecution and defense attorney in the trial of Radoslaw Czerkawski rested on Wednesday in the Norfolk County Superior Court. NECN News reports Assistant District Attorneys Tracey Cusick and Gregory Connors spent the first five days of the trial calling witnesses that included police, the dog’s former owners who sold Puppy Doe when her name was Kiya, a forensic veterinarian and crime scene technicians.
Defense attorney Larry Tipton only called a woman who claimed to have seen Puppy Doe in another part of town. Czerkawski did not take the stand to testify in his own defense. He claims the dog ran away and kids in the park tortured her.
It is expected Judge Cannone will give the jury instructions before they begin deliberating.
Czerkawski, 36, is a Polish national in the United States illegally. He has been charged with 12 counts of animal abuse and one count of lying to investigators and is currently serving from six to ten years in prison for stealing from the 95-year-old woman he was in charge of caring for where he lived with Puppy Doe.
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