As the Puppy Doe trial at the Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts continues, the defendant Radoslaw Czerkawski’s defense attorney, maintains his client’s innocence against torturing the two-year-old pup in his Quincy home during the summer of 2013. Czerkawski contends the dog ran away shortly after he purchased her off of Craigslist, and it was someone else who tortured and abused the dog.
On Monday, the forensic veterinarian, Martha Smith Blackmore and an emergency veterinarian who treated Puppy Doe, described the heartbreaking injuries that had been intentionally inflicted. On the second day of testimony, the head of emergency services at VCA South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Dr. Amanda Duffy told the court she had made the decision to humanely euthanize the dog after just ten minutes.
“I felt her injuries were too severe and she would never be able to live a good quality life, a pain free life,” Duffy told the court.
According to the PatriotLedger, the pup formerly named Kiya, presented with five fractured ribs, seven blunt-force injuries to her spine, broken ribs, a bruised lung, broken femur, dislocated shoulder, cuts on her eyes and a split tongue. The dog had been found lying motionless in the middle of a road. The undernourished dog weighed only 18 pounds – less than half of what she should have weighed. Veterinarians showed graphic images of Puppy Doe’s misshapen bones and her egregious injuries to the court.
“She was the most emaciated that an animal can be. The ribs were visible and there was an extreme hourglass look to the abdomen,” Dr. Blackmore testified.
In addition, Dr. Blackmore testified that the injuries would have been extremely painful for the dog – hindering how she could move, eat or even breathe. The extent and type of injuries showed a clear pattern of abuse as her numerous injuries had been in various stages of healing. Defense attorney Larry Tipton asked the veterinarians if the injuries suffered by Puppy Doe could have been accidental. Both veterinarians testified it was not likely.
Czerkawski sat in court with his Polish language interpreter at his side. He has been charged with 12 counts of animal abuse and one of lying to police. He is currently serving six to ten years in prison for theft.
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