Boston Animal Rescue League (ARL) is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person or persons who brutally tortured a female pit bull named by veterinarians Puppy Doe.
People are using social web sites in an attempt to create enough interest to to get justice for the animal, which was is such bad shape that there was no alternative but to euthanize it.
The female pit bull was found on August 31 on Carrolls Lane in Quincy, Massachusetts. According to the ARL, the dog seemed to be between one to two years old and weighed half the normal weight for a dog of that age.
She was starving and had suffered abuse that was “sadistic” in nature. She had been stabbed in the eye and her tongue had been sliced.
Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, who performed the autopsy on the tortured pup, told Boston’s WBZ : “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 Quincy Police Department are asking for help. Animal groups have already raised more than $11,000 on YouCaring.com to cover the reward money. A Facebook group titled “Justice for Puppy Doe” already has more than 25,000 likes.
District Attorney Morrissey said,”We need anyone who knows who owned and abused this dog to contact authorities.”
Laura Hankins, the original owner, has come forward. She told the Boston Herald she and her boyfriend bought the pit bull mix last December for $200 on Craigslist. However, her landlord would not accept the dog so she put it back on Craigslist. A woman from Grafton who “seemed wonderful” took the animal.
A Change.org petition, set up in memory of Puppy Doe, demands Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster stops the site from trading in animals.
Police are following up on six specific tips. The Patriot Ledger reports that a memorial has been set up for Puppy Doe along a fence near where she was found.