On a cold Tuesday morning at the North County Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts, a jury pool of 60 men and women admitted to having heard about the case of a defenseless two-year-old dog tortured to the brink of death almost five years ago. Radoslaw Czerkawski is the man accused of severely abusing and beating the young female pit bull; the trial is expected to last three weeks.
Czerkawski faces 12 counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading police concerning the treatment and his knowledge of the dog named Puppy Doe. According to the Patriot Ledger, Judge Beverly Cannone told prospective jurors the trial could last from 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Jury selection is expected to continue on Wednesday impaneling 16 jurors; the trial slated to begin on Thursday.
Because of the intense international attention and demonstrations outside of the courthouse, the judge has prohibited all protests within 500 feet of the court house. Czerkawski speaks through a Polish interpreter who will translate the trial for him.
Prosecutors will trace Czerkawski’s story back to June 2013 when he was hired as a caregiver for a 95-year-old woman. He purchased the dog originally named Kiya off of a Craigslist ad and two months later, the puppy was found in a nearby park with injuries so horrific and severe, humane euthanasia was the only option because of her suffering.
Czerkawski has pleaded not guilty and points to kids at the park he contends abused the dog.
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