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'Puppy Doe' the Pit Bull Euthanized as Police Seek Dog's Torturer

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 10:33 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Massachusetts police are asking for the public's help to locate the person responsible for the sadistic beating of a pit bull dubbed "Puppy Doe" which had to be euthanized after its torture.

The frail dog was found on the street in Quincy last month, severely beaten, tortured, and malnourished.

"She was a rack of beaten bones. Her joints were pulled apart like medieval times. She was beaten, stabbed, burned over weeks to months and maybe her whole life, and could not walk. When I saw how vulnerable she was and I understood immediately the duration of her suffering, my heart collapsed," Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of Animal Welfare at Boston's Animal Rescue League, told CBS Boston.

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"They're a freak, a total freak… Splitting her tongue, burning her nose, stabbing her eye, it’s the totality of the types of injuries. Not only was she beaten, she was stabbed, she was burned, it's all kinds of injures. It's a sick mind that can do this to an animal."

Puppy Doe's injuries were so severe that she had to be euthanized. Now, police and animal rights organizations are offering rewards for any information that leads to the capture of the person responsible.

"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," Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement. "We need to find the person who did this and see what else they are doing."

An investigation led to Laura Hankins, the dog's former owner who purchased her off Craigslist. Hankins said she and her boyfriend were forced to give up the pit bull, who they named Kiya, in May.

"No one was willing to rent to someone with a pit bull and two other dogs. We looked for four months. We even offered our landlord more money," Hankins told the Boston Herald. She said she finally found a woman in Grafton, Mass., who offered to adopt Kiya.

"She seemed so wonderful and she seemed like she could offer Kiya more than I could," Hankins said.

Police believe the Grafton woman then gave the dog away.

"The guilt and responsibility I felt — my heart broke. It was my responsibility to find her a good home," Hankins told the Herald. "The list of things done to her are just so inhuman and so disgusting. She was the sweetest dog."

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the dog-torturer’s arrest, and Misty’s Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City have raised an additional $10,000 in reward money.

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