Man to Be Arraigned on Animal Cruelty Charges in Quincy, Mass. - NECN

Man to Be Arraigned on Animal Cruelty Charges in Quincy, Mass.



    Quincy Police say Radoslaw Czerkawski was arrested last week in New Britain, Conn. (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Quincy, Mass.) - The severely beaten dog found in Quincy, Mass. in August who’s come to be known as "Puppy Doe" may finally be getting justice.

    Police announced the arrest Monday of 32-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski, a man originally from Poland who had been a caregiver to a woman on Whitwell Street, where Puppy Doe was found.

    He was arrested in a hotel in New Britain, Conn. last Wednesday after detectives followed up on a tip in the highly publicized animal abuse case.

    "He’ll be brought to Quincy District Court and arraigned tomorrow on the misleading a police investigation charge as well as 11 charges of cruelty to animals, which carries a five year felony," Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said.

    Investigators had said at the time it was one of the worst cases of animal abuse they had seen.

    "They tried to cut the dog’s tongue into the shape of a serpent’s tongue, the things that they did to this dog were just horrendous," Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in September.

    Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said in September, "She was stabbed in the eye, she was burned on her nose, and the variety of injuries that were inflicted on her speak to the level of depravity that went into harming her."

    The injuries to Puppy Doe were so severe she had to be put down.

    The community of Quincy rallied around her case, determined to find the person who abused her.

    "We took the matter very, very seriously, it was of grave concern to us that our detectives have pretty much been working around the clock with the DA’s office, we have obtained a number of search warrants, the investigation has taken a little bit of time because we wanted to make sure we got it 100 percent right," Chief Keenan said.