In a huge victory for animal activists and all mankind, Really! , nearly five years after the dog is known as “Puppy Doe” was found abandoned. A polish man convicted of 12 counts of animal cruelty after beating his own dog to death so gravely it had to be euthanized.
Immigration officials say they will deport Czerkawski once he completes his sentence. The dog, named Kiya by her previous owners, was purchased by Czerkawski on Craigslist in the summer of 2013. Nearly five years after the dog known as “Puppy Doe” was found abandoned, Radoslaw Czerkawski, 38, was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison. Prohibited from volunteering where animals are present. Czerkawski is required to serve two years of probation following his release, and may never own, care for or come in contact with any animal.
The case received widespread attention when the year-old pit bull mix was found on a playground in Quincy with fractures, a stab wound, and a split tongue. Puppy Doe gained the attention of animal activists across the country and won the hearts of millions on social media all across the country, who took to a petition demanding the harshest punishment possible.
Animal Rescue League President Mary Nee called the decision historic and said it will create a precedent for stronger animal welfare laws. Prosecutors suggested Czerkawski spend 10 to 15 years in prison for his crimes, his defense attorney acknowledged his client owned the dog but said it ran away and someone else was responsible for the abuse and asked for four-and-a-half to five years.
The decision was posted on a facebook page called “Justice for Puppy Doe”. And thousand of people commented on how the case affected them. One person wrote:” I’m sorry precious Kita that you suffered so badly.. she is definitely not forgotten!! my heart breaks for her every time I see her name or her case.”
Czerkawski is currently already serving time for unrelated larceny convictions. In 2015, he was sentenced to three to five years in jail for stealing $130,000 from an elderly woman he was caring for.