Radoslaw Czerkawski, 34, the man accused of brutally torturing a puppy known as Puppy Doe, has been found guilty of larceny. A jury convicted him of taking $130,000 and other valuable items from a woman he was hired to watch. He is being held without bail. His sentence will be given today in Norfolk County Superior Court, and there will also be a status hearing in the animal cruelty case against him.
Czerkawski is an illegal immigrant from Poland who had been hired in January 2013 by the grandchildren of Janina Stock, who was 95 at the time, to be her caretaker at 89 Whitwell St. in Quincy. Stock was in poor health and had dementia. They hired him because Stock was from Poland and they shared a common heritage and language. Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said the following in a prepared statement, according to the Patriot Ledger.
“He abused that trust, eventually helping himself to an enormous share of her personal assets at the end of her life. I am very pleased that this diligent jury has reached this verdict.”
According to investigators, Czerkawski convinced Citizen Bank employees that Stock was his grandmother in order to transfer the substantial amount into his account. He even brought her to the bank on at least one occasion to sign documents.
Stock’s granddaughter was pleased with the verdict, as her family just wanted justice for her grandmother. Stock’s lifeless body was found the same day Puppy Doe’s tortured body was found on August 31, 2013. Despite the timing, Stock was determined to have died of natural causes.
His thievery only partially tells the story of Radoslaw Czerkawski, who is seen by many worldwide as evil incarnate. Puppy Doe was a dog formerly named Kiya who was sold on Craigslist and believed to be purchased by Czerkawski.
He allegedly systematically tortured the 1-year-old dog over a period of time. The near lifeless body he dumped along the road was so brutally treated that she had to be humanely euthanized despite efforts to try to help her. People worldwide held vigils and memorial services for the dog. People openly mourned and protested such inhumanity. According to the Examiner, Massachusetts even strengthened its animal cruelty laws as a result of this case. There is even a Facebook page for justice for Puppy Doe.
What sentence do you think Czerkawski should receive for his larceny conviction? And do you think that he is guilty of torturing Puppy Doe? What sentence should he receive? Please leave your comments below.
There are many ways animals may be abused. Some animal-rights activists are up-in-arms over a new puppy farm has been approved in Britain, where beagles will be bred solely for animal testing. Live beagle dogs will be used in testing. Yorkshire Evergreen, which is part of the United States group Marshall BioResources, owns the facility and also breeds genetically-modified mice. It’s also a hub for imported beagle dogs, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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