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Man guilty of animal cruelty charges in ‘Puppy Doe’ case

DEDHAM, Mass. – A Massachusetts man accused of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized has been convicted on animal cruelty charges.

Radoslaw Czerkawski (RAD’-oh-slaw zehr-KAW’-skee) was found guilty on numerous animal cruelty charges on Monday. WBZ-TV reports he was acquitted of a witness intimidation charges.

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.

His lawyer did not immediately return a message at his office Monday.

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