Puppy Doe was euthanized on August 31st. She had been left for dead in a Quincy, Massachusetts park, with injuries so severe that it was the only humane thing veterinarians could do. The young pit bull had been starved, beaten, stabbed, burned and tortured. Horrific abuse, that included having her limbs pulled apart and her tongue crudely cut into a split.
Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of the Animal Rescue League, who performed the dog's necropsy, told the Boston Herald that the fate of the brindle-colored pit was unquestionably the worst case of animal abuse she had ever seen.
"Her joints were pulled apart like Medieval times. She was beaten, stabbed, burned over weeks and months and maybe her whole life. And could not walk. When I saw how vulnerable she was and I understood immediately the duration of her suffering, my heart collapsed." Martha Smith-Blackmore, Boston Herald - September 2013
Puppy Doe endured having a wrist, ankle and elbow separated from their joints and a leg bone virtually broken in half from being drawn "over and over and over. It’s a very intimate form of violence," Smith-Blackmore explained. She had also been stabbed in the eye days before being found, had calloused bone from repeated blows to the head, and the tops of her vertebrae were smashed from her back being beaten - possibly with a board or baseball bat.
District Attorney Michael Morrissey said, "It is highly unlikely that this level of sadistic cruelty could be shown to one animal and not be part of a pattern involving other animals or perhaps vulnerable people. We need to find who did this and see what else they are doing."
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Media reports indicate that Puppy Doe's original owner Laura Hankins had given away the puppy pit bull mix, whom she had originally named Kiya, after she was forced to get rid of the puppy because of breed restrictions. Her landlord was afraid she would lose her homeowners insurance. Hankins feared Kiya would be locked in a crate if she took her to a shelter, so she adopted her out through Craigslist.
Unfortunately, Craigslist can be a go-to source for animal abusers looking for victims, because unlike the process provided by rescue groups and shelters, there is no accountability or screening process for new owners. Please join us in signing this petition to insist that Craiglist either bans all animal re-homing posts, or only allows registered shelters and rescues to post adoptable pets, so that it can never again be associated with these horrendous acts of cruelty.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 for tips leading to the dog-torturer's arrest, and Misty's Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City raised an additional $10,000 in reward money. Speaking to the Boston Herald, Quincy Detective Sgt. Richard Gilmore, explained that the police continue to field hundreds of calls from tipsters. "We appreciate any help that the public can give. It's not just because of the cruelty to the animal but because there could be more behind it."
If you have any information that could least to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this heinous act, please contact Quincy police at 617-479-1212 or call the Animal Rescue League of Boston's law enforcement division at 617-226-5610.
Please help to ensure that these heartless monsters are brought to justice for their crimes.