This week, Quincy, Mass., police officially announced that they had found and arrested Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski on charges of severally abusing a one-year-old pit bull puppy nicknamed Puppy Doe (former name: Kiya).
News of this torture came to light back in September and sparked international outrage as it became one of the worst cases of domestic animal abuse many had ever seen.
Animal protection nonprofit organizations, including Boston’s Animal Rescue League, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and New York’s Second Chance Rescue, came together to raise an $18,000 reward for information regarding Kiya’s torturer.
From stabbings and beatings to starvation and “Medieval” style torture, Kiya suffered injuries so severe that she had to be euthanized.
Now, animal lovers everywhere can watch as justice is served to Kiya’s torturer, Czerkawski. Just yesterday, he was arraigned at the Quincy District Court on 11 counts of animal cruelty and charges of misleading a police investigation, reports Boston.com.
Czerkawski’s bond has been set at $500,000 and he faces up to five years in prison for each of the 11 animal cruelty charges, according to The Boston Herald.
Police were led to Czerkawki with a tip and arrested him on October 23 in New Britain, Conn. According to Boston.com, police believe Czerkawski acted alone and that it is still difficult to tell if he has a history of abusing animals.
What police do now know is that Czerkawski is no stranger to conning innocent people. In the past, he pretended to be a home health aide, would-be priest and wealthy landowner, the latter of which is how he projected himself as when he picked up Kiya in June from a Worcester couple.
Justice will soon be served in full to Czerkawski, and we look forward to the day when the judge orders him to a life behind bars for years to come.
Image source: Boston Herald