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Closing arguments in Massachusetts dog abuse trial

DEDHAM, Mass. – Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized.

The prosecution and the defense in the animal cruelty trial of Radoslaw Czerkawski (RAD’-oh-slaw zehr-KAW’-skee) have rested and the lawyers are expected to make their closing arguments on Thursday in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham.

The starving female pit bull mix named Puppy Doe was found in a Quincy park in 2013 with multiple fractures, a puncture wound and a split tongue. Veterinarians determined the dog was too badly injured to save.

Czerkawski’s attorney acknowledged his client is the owner of the dog, but said it ran away, and someone else was responsible for the abuse.

Czerkawski been in prison on two unrelated larceny convictions.

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