After the lengthy arraignment on Tuesday afternoon at the Quincy District Courthouse, the alleged abuser of “Puppy Doe” was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading a police investigation reported the Telegram.com.
Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski stood before the judge with his attorney and a Polish interpreter as the Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney, Tracey Cusick slowly unraveled the heartbreaking story of the investigation into the life and death of “Puppy Doe” and the excellent detective work done by Quincy authorities as they pieced the events together.
So how did Czerkawski allegedly wind up owning “Puppy Doe”? On Sept. 19, the dog’s first owner came forward and told authorities she sold the dog to a couple in Worcester. That couple sold the dog to a man who lived at 89 Whitwell St. and confirmed Czerkawski’s identity by his photograph.
When authorities originally questioned Czerkawski about the dog, he told police he had seen the dog with two people.
And on Oct. 20, the harsh reality of where “Puppy Doe” allegedly spent her young tortured life became apparent. When authorities searched the second floor apartment, they found blood stains on the bathroom floor, a bloody paw print on the back of a closet door, scratch marks on a door, and fur consistent with “Puppy Doe’s” coat on the carpeting and floors.
DNA taken from the necropsy of the dog matched with samples from Czerkawski’s apartment.
On August 31, “Puppy Doe” was found near a quiet park and brought to the Quincy shelter by a Good Samaritan. The dog was so severely injured, she was transferred to the Animal Rescue League of Boston where an examination and x-rays revealed the two-year-old pit bull had been suffering from starvation, a stab wound in her right eye, punctures on the sides of her nose, skull fractures, fractures to her spine, front, back, shoulder and rib injuries, and a deliberate cut into her tongue to give it the appearance of a serpent’s tongue.
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The dog’s injuries were so severe that she was humanely euthanized. A necropsy revealed the extremely painful injuries had been inflicted upon “Puppy Doe” within the last few weeks of her life.
Czerkawski is currently being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail and was forced to relinquish his passport. If found guilty, he faces the maximum penalty of five years in prison for each animal cruelty conviction.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 21.
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