After being found guilty of cruelly assaulting a dog that had to be killed, a man was sentenced to prison and will be deported. Radoslaw Czerkawski of Poland was found guilty of mistreating Kiya, a female pit bull nicknamed “Puppy Doe” by the media, and was sentenced in Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 27.
Puppy Doe was found abandoned nearly five years ago, and the man was found guilty, eliciting joyous tears in the courtroom.
Czerkawski was convicted of 12 counts of animal cruelty, and not only was he sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, but he was also sentenced to two years of probation, which barred him from possessing or coming into contact with any animals, as well as volunteering at animal shelters, according to CBS.
Puppy Doe, a one-year-old dog with a puncture wound to her eye, many fractures to her skull and spine, and a broken tongue, was discovered malnourished in a park in 2013.
Thousands of people took to social media to demand that the small dog’s owner be discovered and compensated for what she had done.
Czerkawski was already doing time in jail for separate offenses. In 2015, he was sentenced to three to five years in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly woman he looked after.
The court’s judgment was “historic,” according to Mary Nee, head of the Animal Rescue League (ARL), and this case cleared the path for stricter animal welfare regulations.
She stated, ”
“Today was a watershed moment in Massachusetts’ animal welfare history. With Radoslaw Czerkawski’s conviction and punishment, it has been demonstrated that those who conduct animal cruelty, particularly extreme cruelty, will be held accountable.”
Hundreds of individuals remarked on how the case had touched them after the judgement was announced on a Facebook page called ‘Justice for Puppy Doe.’
According to CBS New York, immigration officials stated they will deport Czerkawski after he completes his terms and have served him with a detainer upon his release.