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Puppy Doe: Reward Offered in Abuse Case [GRAPHIC]

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Two Facebook groups are working to find the owner of a pit bull puppy that was tortured to death after being given away through Craigslist. The dog was found in a park in Quincy, Massachusetts at the end of August and had so many injuries that it had to be euthanized. The veterinarian who examined the pup said that the torture was the work of a “psychopath.”

The list of injuries Puppy Doe sustained is horrifying. “They’re a freak, a total freak,” said Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, the veterinarian who performed the autopsy. “Splitting her tongue, burning her nose, stabbing her eye, it’s the totality of the types of injuries. Not only was she beaten, she was stabbed [and] she was burned. It’s all kinds of injures. It’s a sick mind that can do this to an animal.”

The original owner of Puppy Doe said that she is heartbroken over what happened. “The guilt and responsibility I felt–my heart broke. It was my responsibility to find her a good home,” Laura Hankins told The Boston Herald. “The list of things done to her are just so inhuman and so disgusting. She was the sweetest dog.” Hankins purchased the puppy for $200 in December, but after being told she couldn’t have the dog at her rental, she posted the pup on Craigslist.

The Norfolk County District Attorney wants to pursue charges against the person who abused Puppy Doe. “It is highly unlikely that this level of sadistic cruelty could be shown to one animal and not be part of a pattern involving other animals or perhaps vulnerable people. We need to find the person who did this and see what else they are doing,” said District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Two groups on Facebook are seeking justice for the pup, and the groups have about 40,000 followers combined. A reward of $18,000 is reportedly being offered to whoever helps in the arrest and prosecution of person who tortured the pup. People who want to join in spreading word about Puppy Doe and finding her abuser can join Justice for Puppy Doe (1) or Justice for Puppy Doe (2).

A petition has been started to change state laws to ban giving away animals on Craigslist. The petition, called “Justice for Puppy Doe: BAN the rehoming of pets on Craigslist,” wants to make sure no more pets are harmed because they were “dumped on Craigslist.” The petition currently has 30,000 signatures and will be sent to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster after it receives 50,000 signatures of support.

People who have any information on the case should contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 617-226-5610.

Main image via Facebook; Article image via The Huffington Post

Puppy Doe: Reward Offered in Abuse Case [GRAPHIC]
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  • Kel

    There’s another Facebook page for Puppy Doe that’s really trying to help get information out there (I’m not an admin, just a supporter of the page). It’s called “Help Find the Torturers of Puppy Doe”.

  • JMO

    They are wasting the reward money. They should use the funds to help rescues that need money for medical expenses for dogs animals that can be saves and adopted. The punishment never fits the crime in animal abuse cases anyway. The sub-human never gets what they deserve. That is why low-lifes aren’t afraid to torture animals. Our society does not put enough value on animals to make the laws more severe for this. And I’m sure this thing that hurt this pup is already abusive to other humans.

  • Wilma

    never thought I would wish a pit would have attacked a human but I wish this sweet dog would have found that deep seeded pit attack instinct and mauled the heck out of her attacker

  • Ann

    They need to find this person if you can do this to an animal you are dangerous to humans too.

  • maddex

    This is how serial killers get started.

  • kat max

    Does anyone remember seeing an Animal Planet Animal Cops NewYork City series episode when Officers entered a small apartment to find a mannish looking woman lying on a sofa or bed while surrounded by 3 pit bulls that were chained or tied to the working radiators? The dogs were apparently being starved by the woman and made to watch her eat her food and conduct her daily life – whatever that might be. The episodes normally provided a follow up for the viewer, but this particular animal cops case showed only what the officers saw when they entered and no more. I saw that episode several years ago, yet it remains the one image of so many over the years that never leaves my mind. It was disturbing and horrific to wonder what that woman had in store for her “prisoners”. Could this be the same woman involved in the torture of Kiya? I think broken hearted people everywhere identify with Kiya because she appears so child like: innocent and defenseless – powerless against her abusers. We, too, feel powerless because our collective voices pleading for change remain unheard year after year. We have been broken for some time. The images of an abused Kiya is a living metaphor depicting a broken promise made to “mans best friend”.

    I’ve spent over 4 years researching issues directly related to the so called pets re-homing site on craigslist. My determination is that the posts primarily serve breeders and puppy pushers, flippers, scammers, and the lowest element that is puppy farms that use craigslist to sell poorly bred puppies using poorly educated people as distributors promising big cash returns. That craigslist now states they are responsible for providing pets rehoming opportunities is arrogant and irresponsible. The site provides the opportunity for thieves to communicate with one another through posts about the breeds needed for future breeding. Stolen dogs are used to breed, then sell the puppies – all free of charge on craigslist. Craigslist must remove the pets site entirely to begin to curb over breeding, often caused by breeders who can post and over post puppies for sale. Craigslist is far from doing good, but excels in proliferating the suffering of endless stray pets everywhere. I have written to craigslist “suggestions” many times begging them to take responsibility for and end the suffering of pets; pleaded to the editors of “O” magazine to inform O herself about the harm caused to pets because craigslist won’t enforce its own rules; posted warnings and relevant information on the pets site only to receive filthy worded replies from those who really run the pets site – the breeders and puppy sellers. I researched and presented my findings in “Re-homing Pets” which I believe craigslist CEO, Jim Buckman, ought to read to learn about valid re-homing before craigslist begins charging fees to post to anybody who will pay. He ought to hire me to receive information about how to turn around their poor image. However, predictably, we will all see much of the same – nothing.

  • kat max

    NYC Officers entered a small apartment to find a mannish looking woman lying on a sofa or bed while surrounded by 3 pit bulls that were chained or tied to the working radiators. The dogs were apparently being starved by the woman and made to watch each other starving, punishment pit bull fighter style, while the woman her ate her food and conducted her daily life – whatever that might be. Animal Cops normally provides a follow up for the viewer, but this particular animal cops case showed only what the officers saw when they entered and no more. I saw that episode several years ago, yet it remains the one image of so many over the years that never leaves my mind. It was disturbing and horrific to wonder what that woman had in store for her “prisoners”. Could this be the same woman involved in the torture of Kiya? I think broken hearted people everywhere identify with Kiya because she appears so child like: innocent and defenseless – powerless against her abusers. We, too, feel powerless because our collective voices pleading for change remain unheard year after year. We have been broken for some time. The images of an abused Kiya is a living metaphor depicting a broken promise made to “mans best friend”.

    I’ve spent over 4 years researching issues directly related to the so called pets re-homing site on craigslist. My determination is that the posts primarily serve breeders and puppy pushers, flippers, scammers, and the lowest element that is puppy farms that use craigslist to sell poorly bred puppies using poorly educated people as distributors promising big cash returns. That craigslist now states they are responsible for providing pets rehoming opportunities is arrogant and irresponsible. The site provides the opportunity for thieves to communicate with one another through posts about the breeds needed for future breeding. Stolen dogs are used to breed, then sell the puppies – all free of charge on craigslist. Craigslist must remove the pets site entirely to begin to curb over breeding, often caused by breeders who can post and over post puppies for sale. Craigslist is far from doing good, but excels in proliferating the suffering of endless stray pets everywhere. I have written to craigslist “suggestions” many times begging them to take responsibility for and end the suffering of pets; pleaded to the editors of “O” magazine to inform O herself about the harm caused to pets because craigslist won’t enforce its own rules; posted warnings and relevant information on the pets site only to receive filthy worded replies from those who really run the pets site – the breeders and puppy sellers. I researched and presented my findings in “Re-homing Pets” which I believe craigslist CEO, Jim Buckman, ought to read to learn about valid re-homing before craigslist begins charging fees to post to anybody who will pay. He ought to hire me to receive information about how to turn around their poor image. However, predictably, we will all see much of the same – nothing.

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