This is why I care about Puppy Doe. While it was the sad photo of adorable Kiya, with her injuries and infected leg, that caught my eye, it has been the statements of Dr. Martha-Smith Blackmore that have kept me coming back to this case. This is the doctor who completed the necropsy, confirmed the age, and level of abuse Kiya suffered.

There were many critics out there saying they didn’t even try to save Kiya. I was certain from the original reports I read that they did the right thing. Having now read the necropsy report, I am relieved for Kiya. They did the right thing in putting her out of her misery as soon as possible.

The Examiner has described the necropsy here. If you would like all the graphic details, follow the link The Examiner provided. Be warned. It is a horrific report.

All of this leads up to why I care. Of course I care about Kiya. She was beautiful, and reported to be sweet. Pitties are my favorite dogs. No living creature deserves the treatment Kiya got. That it was an animal so near and dear to my heart, saddens me further.

My real concern is the extent of her injuries, and how she was discarded.

The person who tortured Kiya was able to do horrifying things to her and still keep her alive. Kiya’s nostrils were burned. Her eyes were stabbed. Her tongue was split. Her bones were broken. Her joints were drawn. They were not just dislocated. They were drawn, a medieval torture method. These injuries prevented Kiya from walking again. She laid in her own urine, accumulating pressure sores. Her head was misshapen from the blows she received. Fragments of bone trapped in her soft tissue formed protective calluses around them.

All of these injuries were not sustained at once. They were all found to be in various stages of healing. So, Kiya, for an as yet undetermined number of months received a steady stream of torture.

Forgive me for asking, but why not just kill her? Someone who does these sort of things, clearly gets some sort of pleasure from it. Dr. Martha-Smith Blackmore states Kiya is unlikely the torturer’s first victim. Why not just kill her when you’re done with her and dispose of her? Why leave her alive and completely ruined, in a public place. She was left on the side of a road near a park. It was a certainty that she would be found.

Here are my thoughts on that, based on nothing but my Hollywood-level education in criminal profiling.

It is a cry for help. Disgusted by what he (most likely) has done, he left Kiya in the open. His survival instinct tells him to hide. His guilt tells him to confess. So he leaves the biggest clue he can as a compromise.

It is arrogance. He has been at it for a while and no one has noticed. He has been practicing on animals and not getting caught. He wants everyone to know how masterful he is. Knowing he won’t be a suspect, he wants to see his handiwork on the news.

It is a Coming Out. He has now perfected his method. He can do horrible things over an extended period of time, without killing his victim. He is done with animals. Discarding Kiya publicly was his Graduation Day.

I am well aware that all of my scenarios sound like serial killer behavior. Honestly, I can see no other path. This isn’t run of the mill animal abuse. He didn’t just slap her around, or lock her in a closet, or kick her down the stairs. He didn’t even fight her or use her to bait fighting dogs. He straight up tortured her. I don’t know of anyone who does that other than serial killers in training.

But he didn’t kill Kiya, and that is what troubles me most. If the torturer is caught now he will get a maximum of: 5 years in prison, a $2500 fine, and never being allowed to come in contact with animals again.

If he is done with animals, and moving on to humans, as is the usual progression, what next? Crappy sentence aside, I hope he is caught before he can hurt anything or anyone else. I just want to make that clear, because this next part is a doozy.

If he does the same thing to humans as he did to Kiya, we will view him as a serial killer but he will not be killing. Some morning a girl is found on the side of a road. She is emaciated and brutalized, but alive. She will of course be rushed to the hospital where heroic measures will be used to save her life because we don’t euthanize people.

Surgeries will be required to repair the severe damage done to her. They will be done because it’s the right thing to do, and because letting 2 or more people die so we can label him a serial killer is unthinkable. That is what he would be forcing the good doctors and nurses to do: save him from officially being a serial killer.

What would the punishment be if he were caught after torturing a person? What would the charges even be?

It is the stuff of gruesome fiction, yet it seems it could be happening right now in Boston.

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