Man convicted in ‘Puppy Doe’ animal abuse case

DEDHAM, Mass. – Massachusetts a man convicted of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized was sentenced Tuesday, nearly five years after the dog is known as the “Puppy Doe” was found near a children’s playground.

Radoslaw Czerkawski , 37, was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison after he was sentenced for animal cruelty charges. He was also sentenced to two years probation and prohibited from owning or coming into contact with animals.

He was found guilty Monday of torture and the abolition of the pit bull, but rather of lying to the police. Czerkawski has been in prison on two unrelated larceny convictions.

The case received a lot of attention when the year-old pit bull mix was found in Quincy in August 2013 with the skull, spine and rib fractures, a puncture wound to the right eye and a split tongue.

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.

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