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.
Larry Tipton, the defense attorney for Czerkawski, tries to create doubt in the prosecutor’s case contending Puppy Doe’s egregious injuries were the result of animal abuse by the defendant. On Wednesday, the police officers who arrested Czerkawski at a hotel in New Britain, Conn., testified Czerkawski’s belongings were covered with dog hair. His computer still had the link to the Craigslist advertisement where he bought the dog named Kyra from her original owner. Covered in dog hair were the defendant’s luggage, a roll of duct tape and a backpack which were found in the trunk of his rental car. Inside of the backpack were the leash and pink collar Puppy Doe once wore.
According to the Patriot Ledger, Tipton pressed veterinarian Martha Smith-Blackmore who stated her report could not determine intent, however the dog had been intentionally neglected and starved. She also agreed the soft tissue and bone injuries could have happened from a motor vehicle accident or from a dog fight. When examined, Puppy Doe suffered from skull fractures, blunt force trauma, broken ribs, additional broken bones, spine damage and a split tongue.
Tipton also established there was no evidence of a stench or pet stains when investigators visited Czerkawski’s address. Puppy Doe had overgrown nails and smelled of both feces and urine when she was discovered.
The trial continued on Thursday.
Read previous report from veterinarians here.
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