The hunt is on for the perpetrator(s) who ruthlessly tortured a pit bull puppy named Kiya (previously referred to as “Puppy Doe”).
Her case has gained national attention and the cash reward for information leading to the conviction of her torturer(s) now tops $13,000—$5,000 from Animal Rescue League of Boston, $2,000 from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and $11,000 from Misty’s Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City.
Kiya was found abandoned in the woods in Quincy, Massachusetts on August 31, 2013 with broken limbs and other severe injuries, reports the Animal League Defense Fund. Her limbs were repeatedly pulled apart “Medieval style” and she suffered multiple beatings, stabbings, burnings and starvation over a period of months, a necropsy of her body revealed.
“Words cannot adequately describe the shocking suffering that Puppy Doe endured or capture the urgency in identifying who did this to her,” said Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League via Boston Magazine.
Her injuries were so severe that she had to be humanely euthanized by veterinarians at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, who fed and comforted Kiya in her last moments.
Kiya’s original owner, Laura Hankins, has come forward and is now working with police to help track down the torturer(s). Hankins was forced to re-home Kiya back in May as her landlord refused to let her keep the pit bull puppy, reports The Examiner. Her search for alternative housing proved unsuccessful as no complex would allow her to have a pit bull. Eventually, she offered the puppy to a Grafton woman who police believe gave Kiya away sometime in July.
Police also believe that this type of heinous abuse may be part of a larger animal cruelty problem and that other animals may be at risk.
“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 the person who did this and see what else they are doing,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, during a plea to the public last week, as reported by Boston Magazine.
Anyone with information about Kiya and the perpetrator(s) of this heinous act of animal abuse is urged to call the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610, email them at [email protected], or call Quincy Police Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.
Join the Facebook Fan Page, Justice for Puppy Doe, for up-to-date coverage on Kiya’s case.
Image courtesy of: Boston Herald