Puppy Doe’s Abuser Faces 55 Years in Prison; Held on $500,000 Bail

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The man accused of torturing Puppy Doe, whose original name was Kiya, is being held on $500,000 bail after his arraignment proceedings at Quincy District Court on Tuesday, and faces up to 55 years in prison – 5 years for each of the 11 counts of animal abuse he is charged with. There is also a $5 million surety attached to bail, and he was required to surrender his passport.

The poor dog was euthanized after being found near Boston with a number of injuries consistent with medieval-style torture.

Polish immigrant Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski has been charged with eleven counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading a police investigation. A pre-trial conference will take place on November 21.

People get frustrated at how slow things work, but this individual, the defendant, does deserve and will get a fair and impartial trial,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

At least two dozen animal lovers showed up in support of Kiya, donning t-shirts and buttons with the dog’s photo. Several people sobbed loudly as her injuries were read aloud.

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Kiya had been given away to a woman via Craigslist, who may have given the dog to a couple, who sold her to Czerkawski. The original owner contacted police to tell them she believed Puppy Doe had once belonged to her, and they were able to trace the man back to her.

The guilt and responsibility I felt – my heart broke,” said Laura Hankins, Kiya’s original owner. “It was my responsibility to find her a good home. The list of things done to her are just so inhuman and so disgusting. She was the sweetest dog.”

Every day, Craigslist is full of ads that read “free to a good home.” Many people are forced to give up pets when they become ill, move or face financial troubles that do not allow them to keep their animals, or afford surrender fees to no-kill shelters. So they naïvely place ads online, hoping the pets will indeed go to a good home. But without background checks, references or follow-up, there is no way of knowing if a stranger will turn out to be sweet or sadistic. Free pets could end up in the hands of dog-fighters looking for bait. A petition has been started asking Craigslist to ban such listings.

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Czerkawski was living as a caretaker for a 95-year-old Polish woman, who died on August 31, the same day Kiya was found. In the death of the woman, police do not suspect foul play at this time, but evidence in the home indicated animal abuse.

In Czerkawski’s apartment, police found fur and blood consistent with Kiya’s DNA, which should make it easy for jurors to find him guilty.

[It was] old-fashioned police work,” Morrissey said. “A lot of it started with calls and shoe leather, but obviously more modern forensic techniques – the use of DNA, phones – all that was used and outlined in the case. From the beginning, we’ve been concerned that if an individual could do this to a dog or another animal [what could they do to a person?] This made this an extremely important case to us.”

The courtroom supporters for Kiya felt their efforts to see justice for abusers were not in vain – Czerkawski will face up to five years in prison for each of the eleven counts of abuse.

It was so difficult to hold back the emotions,” said Lorelei Stathopoulos, of Salem. “…This is a court of law, but this has been a tragedy. It was a third world act. We have to stand up and change the laws, and the only way to do it is to come here and make a stand.”

 

 

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    • Euthanizing this animal would be too humane for this sadistic monster!..I say they let him out to the crowd so we can stab him in the eye, starve and burn him then tear his limbs from their sockets just as he did to that poor puppy!! My God!!! how evil is that!! Just breaks my heart to even say those words!

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      • calling him an animal isn’t correct because animals don’t do this to each other. it irks me when people call these monsters animals–Not.

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        • I agree totally!!! He is best called a disgusting excuse for a human being, period! NO other animal could or would do this kind of evil–just the human kind. I am so ashamed he is a member of my species!

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      • I am sure I am not the only one still grieving for what happen to this poor baby. Are there any updates to this story? Is this maniac put away for 55 + years? he probably wont survive his 55 years in prison but I must ask, how can I stop sobbing every time I read this story or see her picture? This has affected me so horribly bad. I want to do something to help any other animals at risk of this happening to them.

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    • I agree… You torture and kill. You should have the same done to you. Animals have just as much right to be here as we do. Period. Imagine if they could speak our language…Oh how things would change… An eye for an eye…

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    • Why monsters like him aren’t used like monkeys in a laboratory for medical research I will never understand . Psychopaths like him have no other use in society and would be best executed after a full study of their sadistic violent brains . No animal not even in the name of research deserves what he did .but HE DOES deserve to suffer the same as his victims before being destroyed .

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    • I feel sooo much rage toward this evil serial killer ,torturer .. let animal lovers decide his sentence .. allow the little dogs advocates , us to determine his sentencing.. allow us to stone him ! So that we can pay him back for what he did to her .. she has still been tortured to death over a period of months .. how could any one b that evil .. why do people get away with this. ..why couldn’t someone had known this and reported the evil sewage pos !! Why does a sweet puppy have to suffer like this at the hands of a coward who picks on the vulnerable and voiceless !

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  1. ^ I agree, but I think “an eye for an eye” is better suited. Let him suffer here, before God get’s him. I truly believe that since God put the animals here before us, commanding Adam to “name and care for each one” that Goid has a speacial heart for these creatures and I have to believe He will avenge.

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    • Love your message–I agree totally with you about God’s command to Adam regarding the animals. God gave humans the responsibility of being STEWARDS of His animals. That means CARING FOR THEM—NOT destroying them and hurting them for any reason. I’m sure plenty of us humans are going to have a lot to answer for when we meet God face-to-face. Thrill-killing, “factory-farming”, hunting for “sport”? Human beings are SO arrogant, with so little respect for the preciousness of all life. Might does NOT make right. And God WILL have the last word! He is a God of love and mercy, but He is also a God of justice! Woe to those who have harmed His creatures–especially the most helpless ones!

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  2. I say do the same to this bastard that he did to this poor dog and then cut his privates off then put the bastard out of his misery! He does not deserve a trial!

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      • Yea, he does. And then hang him by his balls and let him hang there indefinately. That’s about fair I’d say.

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      • This man WILL get a fair trial–NOT because he deserves one–he doesn’t. He has a RIGHT to one, because this is America, and we are a nation of laws. The law gives this man the RIGHT to a trial. But he doesn’t DESERVE one! Big difference! (He deserves exactly what he did to that puppy.)

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    • Everyone deserves a trial in this country, and to mutilate him would only lower us to his level. And tell me, would YOU be willing to carry this out? If so, you are no different than him.

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      • Yea, I could do it. I hope and pray when he goes to jail, he meets some dog lovers. They will give the trial you so want him to have.

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      • Yes I would. . With ease!!! And I am different to him as im not doing it to a poor innocent loving defenceless being!! hes pure evil scum! end of!!!!

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      • I could and then have lunch! People like this waive their rights, imo, when they take the life of another – dog or child!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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      • Doing to him what he did to the puppy does NOT lower us to his level: If that man was an innocent, trusting, helpless, dependent, and sweet puppy, we’d be like him. But that’s not who he is. He is an evil dangerous man who gets off on inflicting the worst kind of pain on the helpless and weak– just because he CAN. Kiya has no voice; we need to be her voice.

        Again, he has a RIGHT to a trial, because of who WE are–NOT because of who HE is! He doesn’t DESERVE one. Big difference, I think.
        Betcha anything Puppy Doe wasn’t the first animal he’s tortured. Praying he never gets the chance to hurt another living thing. And there will be justice meted out to him in jail. Guaranteed. And that’s good!

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  3. I’m polish and i’m so ashamed of this walking, living piece of meat. He is dangerous psycho and should be sentenced for life in prison. Who knows how many people and animals he tortured and killed. Creatures like him should be eliminated as soon as possible. I hope they will deal with properly in prison. I know, I would.

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  4. Every person in this poor puppy’s life let her down……each person contributed to her horrific death, even if they did not raise a hand to her physically.

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    • Sadly true! I hope EVERYONE signs the petition telling Craigslist to stop allowing animals to be advertised and given away on their site. That is how little Kiya came to her tragic, prolonged death. And it’s a source of “bait dogs” for dog fighting rings.

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      • Paying for an animal does not guarantee a good home either… Some have paid a lot for pets and then killed them or tortured them… Craigslist is just one source of evil doing…ANY buy sell, site,,,any facebook yard sale site…It can happen… ;o(

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