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.”



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

    • No, he will just harm other animals there. He needs to be punished. I wouldn’t even care if he costs us money…he needs to be locked up so he can’t harm any other animal or human.

    • If we deport him he will do it again elsewhere he needs to be bought to justice in USA, where he committed the crime, sorry but that is how I feel, he will win if he is deported

    • No. We want him here. We all want him tortured and dead. I hope to god if he makes it that far, Poland does take extreme measures with him to ensure another animal is never in his hands ever again. That’s my concern, but I hope fed/state charges here take care of him and prison will be his demise.

    • I doubt he’lll get justice in prison since there are lots of animal abusers there already. Dog fights and all of that. He’ll feel right at home.

      • yea most of those ppl in prison wont veiw this as they would if it happened to a child, or someone the prisoners knew or associated with. i do hope he at least gets a ass kicking from time to time tho…

        • I spent time in prison and most inmates, and yes including the dog fighters (don’t ask me why) do not like child molesters or animal abuse.

      • He’s a scumbag. They won’t need much of an excuse to do him in in prison. Only takes one big lifer, as someone else pointed out, who loves dogs. Just one!

    • He would just do the same thing in Poland. Send him to prison here. Inmates do not like child or animal abusers.

    • We need to keep him here to make sure he gets the justice he deserves. We don’t want to let this demon loose on the streets of Poland. Who knows how many more dogs he’ll have access to??

  1. Let’s all be outraged enough to sign the petition asking Craigslist to stop allowing Free ads for rehoming animals.

  2. I strongly believe in the death penalty for murderers, torturers, and the like…and ESPECIALLY in the case of this rotten piece of dirt who did this to an innocent animal. I could and would kill him myself and wish medieval torturing chambers existed for his kind…but since they don’t, why not just throw him to the alligators.

  3. we’ve got to start by not allowing landlords to dictate what kinds of pets we’re allowed to own. we’ve got to start by being aware before we adopt dogs like pit bulls what the rules are. this dog had a home.

  4. Craigslist has to STOP listing animals PERIOD!!!!!! Every psycho and his idiotic relatives can find any creature they want to torture on that awful place. And people who list pets there just dont have a clue or give a whatever.

    For this particular piece of crap we need a damn good prosecuter who is going to bring it home that this guy is a threat to humans too, because thats the only way hes going to get a full sentence,

    Once he is in prison I like to think that nature will take its course in a slow and brutal fashion.

    • That’s not always true. Several months ago my Mom and I had a yard sale. We met a woman who does dog rescue. We got to talking and my Mom mentioned how much she missed having a dog -my parents 13 year-old Pit Bull had cancer and had to be put to sleep about a year-and-a-half ago. The woman mentioned she had to American Bulldog/Lab mix puppies (sisters) listed on graigslist. At first, she was looking for a rehoming fee of $30 each, but after talking to us for a while, she said my parents could have them for free if they decide to take them. That same day, she brought them over. Midnight and Mischief have become much loved members of the family. Now, my parents can’t imagine their lives without them! The fact is, that people like this are going to find animals anywhere they can. Even if graiglist did ban any kind of animal ad, people would simply find another site to list them on or just stand out on a street corner with a “Free Puppies/Dogs” sign.

      That being said, I hope the judge throws the book at this bastard!

      • Craigslist is not the real issue. Sadistic freaks can find dogs to abuse from anywhere. It’s people’s responsibility to do home checks and references. It doesn’t matter if the dog is listed for FREE or $200. Lack of money isn’t going to stop a Psycho!

        • As far as I am concerned… housing laws need to change that FORBID landlords from refusing any type of pet, yes… even Pitties (Pit Bulls, Am Staffs, Bull Dogs, etc.)… *rarely* is any dog born vicious! It takes a ‘human’ to create that monster. Craig’s List wouldn’t need any animal sections if people didn’t have to rehome due to housing laws.
          ALL Companion Pets should have stricter laws concerning them, and back yard breeders should be shut down.
          Sorry if some of you breed a few at home, but… you can’t make that much money off creating more puppies when the animal shelters and city pounds are murdering companion pets at a rate of 8 to 10 million EACH YEAR!
          Jus’ Sayin’.

      • Midnight and Magic were fortunate that your parents had a yard sale that day, and that their original owner just happened to check it out. But what if she didn’t stop at the yard sale? Where might those puppies have ended up??? Too risky. And just because animal abusers will manage to find animals (just like child molesters find kids), that doesn’t mean we should make it easy for them. Offering pets free (or cheap) on Craigslist is like advertising our kids online! Why would we do that? It’s like sending lambs to the slaughter.

  5. This sick, piece of shit should be tortured the same way he tortured this dog! I have no tolerance or mercy for these sickos/psychos who do this to innocent, loving animals! I wonder how many other animals he has done this to already without being discovered?? Just be thankful that he’s caught now and hopefully cannot do this to anymore animals.


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