Czerkawski arraigned in Puppy Doe case
QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Thirty-two-year-old polish immigrant, Radoslaw Czerkawski, listened through an interpreter as he was arraigned Tuesday on 11 counts of animal cruelty in the horrific “Puppy Doe” case.
Animal lovers who packed the courtroom sobbed openly as the prosecutor described the injuries to the female pit bull.
“This dog had a stab wound to the right eye. The dog had two deep injuries to her nose. The dog had a cut to the tongue that looked like a serpent. This dog had multiple skull fractures in various stages of healing. This dog had crush fractures to her spine,” said Tracey Cusick, Prosecutor.
The abused dog was found in Quincy on August 31. Her injuries were so severe, that the dog had to be put down.
After police and the Norfolk DA issued a press release in September, the public responded with hundreds of tips that led to Cerkawski’s arrest in Connecticut.
Sympathetic dog owners said they’re glad the suspect was caught.
“I think she needed the justice that she deserves. She didn't deserve what she got,” said Kelly Duncan, Puppy Doe supporter.
“It was really the public that helped drive the initial part of this case that sent the Quincy Police officers not just throughout the Quincy area knocking on doors but in central Massachusetts and down into Connecticut,” said Michael Morissey, Norfolk district attorney.
“We don’t understand a motive. Who has a motive for something like this? I think it’s probably a sick individual,” said Chief Paul Keenan, Quincy Police Dept.
Radoslaw Czerkawski is being held on $500k cash bail. The president of the animal rescue league says this is one of the worst cases of animal abuse she has seen and is urging the public to report animal abuse.