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Police have arrested a 32-year-old Polish man in the Puppy Doe animal cruelty case, which has attracted worldwide attention.
Radoslaw Czerkawski was arrested Monday at a hotel in New Britain, Conn., and was to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court, Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said. He is charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and one charge of misleading investigators.
“The case was of grave concern to us, and we took it very seriously,” Keenan said during a Monday afternoon statement to the press at the Quincy police headquarters. “We had an abused animal, and it was a very difficult case. …We do believe he (Czerkawski) acted alone.”
Czerkawski, who was brought to Massachusetts Monday afternoon, is from Hrubieszow, Poland, and was in the U.S. on an expired tourist visa, Keenan said.
Czerkawski had been living at 89 Whitwell St., directly across from Quincy Medical Center and adjacent to the park where the battered dog was found Aug. 31. The dog, believed to be about 1 year old, had been so severely beaten and tortured that it had to be euthanized.
Two State Police investigators were seen leaving the Whitwell Street house at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. The four-bedroom house has most recently been owned by Janina Malinowski Stock, according to Quincy assessors’ records. But Stock, a seamstress born in Poland, died in September, according to a Ledger obituary.
Keenan said Czerkawski had worked as a care giver for Stock, but no foul play is suspected in her death.
Investigators said the dog, which Keenan said Czerkawski had purchased, suffered from starvation and showed signs that it had been kept in a constrictive space. She had a number of severe injuries, including dislocated limbs, a fractured skull, stab wounds, broken ribs and a split tongue.
Keenan said a tip helped lead police to Czerkawski, whose arrest is the first significant break in an investigation that has received an outpouring of support from animal lovers across the world. Vigils have been held in Puppy Doe’s honor, and tens of thousands of dollars has been donated to reward funds created to help find the perpetrator.
Keenan said Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarians who treated Puppy Doe would participate in a press conference after Czerkawski’s arraignment.
At a vigil in Quincy last month, Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League, said, “Never in our collective memory do people remember a case so horrific. We are all shaken to the core by the details of what happened to this poor dog.”
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Dear DA Carson,
I have learned of extremely disturbing and malicious cases of animal cruelty allegedly committed by Radoslaw Czerkawski, who was arrested Monday at a hotel in New Britain, Connecticut, in the hideously sadistic case of torturing and killing Puppy Doe. He is charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and one charge of misleading investigators.
I am writing to express my support of sentencing this defendant to the maximum penalty allowed under the law. Mr. Czerkawski has allegedly committed deliberate and methodical abuse and torture on Puppy Doe. It is essential to recognize that Mr. Czerkawski’s decision to harm this gentle, innocent non-human animal was premeditated as demonstrated by the chronicle of torturous events.
When I try to imagine what possible motive animal abusers entertain for subjecting their animal victims to such malicious, heinous acts of brutality, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To voluntarily engage in such malicious behaviour suggests sadistic tendencies, and Czerkawski’s actions, causing unmitigated pain, suffering, and death, demonstrates his incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards non-human animals has the ability to show such indifference towards human animals. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse Mr. Czerkawski’s criminal behaviour, or agree to a lesser punishment, we only harm ourselves by unjustly nullifying cruelty as acceptable behaviour.
I am thanking you for taking an unyielding position against animal cruelty and holding Mr. Czerkawski accountable by sentencing him in accordance with the maximum penalty allowed. We need to demonstrate in both word and action that the human essence of empathy does not exist to excuse maliciousness, it exists to provide compassion and justice to the brutalized and punishment to those who willingly deviate from this capacity. If we do not do our duty to provide this, we harm animals and invite injustice into our society.
I know your time is limited and I want to thank you for your attention and consideration to this message.