Hello dog lovers,

I have some good news, and some troubling news. I’ll give you the good news first. A mama pit bull and her three pups were rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control a few nights ago. Here is where it starts to get troubling. There had been four pups but they lost one the first night, sadly.

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My friends at A & S Rescue could use some help. Mama Sophie and her babies are terribly malnourished and dehydrated.

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While I wrote this post, another pup was lost. Now just two remain. If at all possible, please donate what you can to A & S. They do such good work, and will be caring for this canine family for quite some time. Vet bills are piling up for these new rescues, and there are still other fosters to care for.

You can visit A & S Rescue on Facebook.

You can donate at aandsrescue.com/helping.

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There is disturbingly little news on our Free Pathetic Dog. The most I have found is this article which says the Craigslist ad was taken down just hours after it was posted, but not before it went viral.

Google searches find tons of requests for updates on the situation, but so far I find no real info. I’ll add my request to the pile: If you know anything, let me know.

Seriously?! I AM LIVID!

This is a Craigslist ad that I just saw shared on Facebook. Craigslist
Just in case the ad disappears, here is what the despicable owner said:

phfzv-4153266780@comm.craigslist.org [?]

Posted: 3 days ago
Doesn’t bark, doesn’t play, just cowers: free pathetic dog. (Pfafftown)

Found this 20lb. mixed breed dog last Christmas in Monterey Park, Los Angeles. According to what the vet says, she’s probably 2.5 years old now. Looks like a Jack Russell’s drug-addled second cousin (but she’s healthy).

PROS: Does not bark, or shed much to speak of. House trained. Does not overeat, so you can just leave her dry dog food in a bowl and refill when it’s empty. Has stuck close to an unfenced residence and not run away when let outside unmonitored on a daily basis. (Well… I tried… but she won’t leave.)

CONS: Does not know what ‘play’ is. If you throw a ball at her, she will run and hide. Any treats given to her have to be handed directly (thrown ones will scare her). More importantly, she cannot keep up as a serious jogging partner.

Friendly and compliant, will sit in your lap if you put her there. Not the cleverest about “jumping” or other “tricks”. Never seen a dog where chasing a treat thrown was a “trick”… but to her, that’s a trick.

Took in for sympathy, but planning a downtown move where dogs won’t be welcome. Would make a good pet for someone who wants a non-barking, non-biting, non-playing dog just to hang out with. She’s cool with pretty much anything… dressing her up in costumes, drawing on her with a sharpie, no problem. (Just don’t throw a treat toward her.)

Food, crate, harness, leash, rawhide chews, flea bath additives, etc. included.

    Location: Pfafftown
    it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Posting ID: 4153266780

Posted: 3 days ago

Updated: 3 days ago

How is this OK?! Oh I’m so mad I can’t even post anything more about it. I will just post the photos from the ad and come back later.

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I mean WTF! ^^^

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Thank goodness, we have a suspect in the Puppy Doe case! I know you were all as relieved as I was that there was a break in the case. As I had suggested in previous posts, they just weren’t telling us everything. It’s a good thing too. The guy had already fled the state. Who knows were he was planning to go when he checked out of the La Quinta. By the way, I don’t blame him at all for staying there. I love La Quinta. Excellent choice.

As you all know by now. The man accused of torturing our Puppy is Radoslow Czerkawski, 32, of Poland. I will not honor him with a photo or further mention of his name. He is here illegally, and has no permanent residence in the States. I am sure this contributed to the $500,000 bond that was issued. Blah blah blah…you know all of that.

What you might not know is that the 11 counts he was charged with are stack-able. I have this information from a representative of the MSPCA, Raina Connelly. She seemed to be just as excited as I was about my question as to whether the counts are stack-able. She did not know they were stack-able, until she researched it for me.

What this means is that each count he is charged with that falls under Animal Cruelty carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a possible $2500 fine. I am unclear on all that he has been charged with. I have read 11 counts of Animal Cruelty. I have also read 11 total counts, including Animal Cruelty and Obstruction of Justice. Let’s say that it’s 11 counts of Animal Cruelty, plus additional charges, for now. With the charges being stack-able, he could get a maximum of 55 years in prison and $27,500 in fines just for in Animal Cruelty convictions. There would be additional time and fines for the other charges. I know we all hope for stricter laws for Animal Cruelty cases everywhere, but let us just be thankful that MA changed this from a misdemeanor to a felony a few years ago.

Now, have you all noticed that the news is reporting that he was a care taker for an elderly woman in Quincy? Yes, apparently he was a care taker, without having the certification to be a care taker. This troubles me greatly. This sort of under the table job is exactly what a budding serial killer might need to set himself up to prey on the weak. Worse, the woman for which he was caring died the very same day that Puppy Doe was found, August 31. All reports I have read so far say she died of “natural causes” and that the dead is “not suspicious.” I hope that there is a side investigation going that they are not telling us about yet. The woman died on the very day that the suspect needed to flee. That in itself is suspicious to me. I hope there was an thorough autopsy.

Thanks to Examiner.com, for the link to this petition to get the maximum sentence for the Puppy Doe Case.

I am glad that legislators see the danger this animal cruelty case represents:

” For trial attorney William D. Kickham, the search is about more than punishing whoever is responsible for the dog’s pain.

“As a criminal lawyer, this type of activity is a precursor for serial killers. There is no question,” he said. “This is done on animals first, children second . . . and it’s awful what happened to this poor dog but it is more pernicious than that. . . It portends terrible things down the road.” ”
Please read the full Boston Globe article here.

Judging by my stats, people are looking for ways to help with the Puppy Doe case when they come across my blog.

Anyone with information about Puppy Doe should contact:

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Services
(617) 226-5610
cruelty@arlboston.org

Quincy Police Department
Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich
(617) 745-5774

You can also help by looking for or starting fundraisers for The Animal Rescue League of Boston. They have closed their own fundraiser for their $5000 reward, but you can always just make a donation. They have lots of animals to help.

There is a petition to encourage Craigslist to stop allowing “free to a good home” transaction.

I am thinking about ways to get rid of breed specific legislation (BSL), and to change how animals are given up for adoption. If you have great ideas, pass them on to your representatives.

I have read a lot of comments, including one on this blog, that state, Kiya’s original owner, Laura Hankins, lied about giving Kiya away. I see no evidence of this in the news. No one has been able to give me any links for more information confirming these supposed lies.

That being said, the original story does seem to have changed slightly. As the newspapers are not pointing this out as Hankins changing her story, I can only assume that it is the news sources themselves who have gotten their facts straight.

Originally, we were led to believe that Hankins gave Kiya to people she trusted who then put the dog up on Craigslist. What seems to have actually happened was this:

–Haskins had to give the pit bull up to to her landlord’s insurance policy’s breed restrictions.
–Haskins rehomed Kiya to a Webster woman who returned the dog a few days later. Haskins took the dog back, and UT her back on Craigslist.
–Haskins rehomed Kiya to a Grafton woman who seemed wonderful. (I believe this to be who the original report claimed to be people Haskins trusted. Also, I haven it read anything that stated when this occurred.)
–The Grafton woman seemed to be a good owner, and even sent updates on Kiya’s well-being. These updates ended in July, according to Haskins.
–Police have reported that the Grafton woman was contacted. She stated she gave the dog away, had no further information, and hung up.

All reports I have read indicate that Haskins did her due diligence. Sure, it’s inadvisable to rehome pets on Craigslist, but that’s something the rescue community has failed to educate the general public about. Haskins stated she thought it best to rehome the dog herself, rather than have Kiya crated at a shelter while looking for a new forever home. There is nothing wrong with that. Haskins offered to take Kiya back if the home did not work out, and actually did take the dog back once. This is admirable. This is a responsible pet owner.

If there must be a witch hunt, it should be focused on the Grafton woman, not Haskins. Though police report that she has been unhelpful, I am sure they have to keep many details of this case under wraps. I believe it is likely they continue to investigate the Grafton woman.

This post is long enough. I will most likely follow up with why I care about this case at a later date.

I actually have something to say. This is in regard to Puppy Doe.

First:
Anyone with information about Puppy Doe should contact:

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Services

(617) 226-5610
cruelty@arlboston.org

Quincy Police Department
Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich
(617) 745-5774

Now, I’ve been following Justice for Puppy Doe on Facebook. I find many of the comments to be disgustingly judgmental. They also seem a bit uninformed, to me, so I wrote this.

” I think a lot have people have missed some of the facts so I am posting what I have found here, and on the news.

Kiya was found alive. Her injuries were so severe that it was unlikely she would ever recover. She was unable to walk. Within hours of her discovery she was euthanized, after receiving a belly full of food and lots of love.

Kiya is known as Puppy Doe, but the original owner has stepped forward with pictures, and Kiya’s name. Kiya’s markings are distinctive enough to easily identify Kiya as the Puppy Doe we know from that horrible picture.

Kiya’s original owner could not keep the dog because of her landlord’s rules. She responsibly gave Kiya up to people she knew and trusted. Those people are the ones that put Kiya on Craig’s List.

Most CL pet sales go smoothly. Until now, the worst case scenario was whether the dog would end up as bait for fighting dogs. Even if the people vetted the new owner for dog fighting, there is no way they could have seen this coming. In hindsight, we can all be angry we didn’t see it coming, but we shouldn’t be angry at the people who gave Kiya up. If we have to blame anyone who is not physically responsible for injuring Kiya, it should be the landlord with the breed/size limit. That rule is what started this. In my opinion, saying someone should be homeless and destitute over finding what they thought was a good home, and not blame the rule that forced her to choose is ludicrous.

The authorities are very interested in catching the twisted person who tortured and maimed Kiya. They recognize that this is the behavior of a serial killer in training. I am sure that is where the focus of their attention will be. I doubt they will let this case go. Once the person is found, I am sure that with all the attention this case has been given, that the state will prosecute within the fullest extent of the law.”

I am deeply disturbed but the witch hunt that is going on. Horrible, nasty things are being said about the original owner. As someone who has had to give up pets, I know what a hard decision it is to make. In my case I simply could not afford to move with my dog. Being homeless does not help the dog. It only helps your guilt. I don’t see that as a reasonable option.

I’ll probably have more to say but it will have to wait. I have to calm down.