Justice sought for Kiya
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
Cops are tracking new leads in the “Puppy Doe” case after the pit bull’s heartbroken original owner has come forward in a dramatic bid to help capture the barbaric brute who tortured the dog and left it for dead in a Quincy park.
“The guilt and responsibility I felt — my heart broke. It was my responsibility to find her a good home,” a tearful Laura Hankins told the Herald yesterday. “The list of things done to her are just so inhuman and so disgusting. She was the sweetest dog.”
Hankins said she gave the puppy pit bull mix she named Kiya to a Grafton woman in May after she said she was forced to get rid of the dog because her landlord was afraid she would lose her homeowners insurance.
Hankins said she contacted police and tried to call the Grafton woman when she heard the news that Kiya, known to authorities as Puppy Doe, was euthanized Aug. 31 after she was found in a Quincy park beaten, stabbed, burned and tortured, including having her limbs pulled apart and her tongue crudely cut into a split.
“She has been forthcoming and assisting in any way she can. The information she’s given us we’re following up on,” said Quincy Detective Sgt. Richard Gilmore, adding that cops continue to field hundreds of calls from tipsters. “We appreciate any help that the public can give. It’s not just because of the cruelty to the animal but because there could be more behind it.”
The Grafton woman, who police believe gave the dog away, said she had no information about Kiya and hung up when reached by phone yesterday.
Hankins said she and her boyfriend bought Kiya in December for $200 through a Craigslist ad from a Weymouth man. Hankins said Kiya, who a vet estimated to be about 12 weeks old at the time, soon happily bonded with the family and her two other dogs, a chihuahua named Molly and a miniature pinscher, Nico.
But when Kiya began to show more prominent pit bull features as she got older, Hankins said her landlord told her the dog had to go.
“No one was willing to rent to someone with a pit bull and two other dogs. We looked for four months,” Hankins said. “We even offered our landlord more money.”
Hankins feared Kiya would be locked in a crate if she took her to a shelter, so she adopted her out to a Webster woman through Craigslist. Hankins took the pup back after a only few days when the woman contacted her to say the dog didn’t seem to like it there.
Then, the woman from Grafton contacted Hankins about Kiya.
“She seemed so wonderful and she seemed like she could offer Kiya more than I could,” Hankins said.
Hankins said she asked the woman to contact her if she could no longer keep Kiya and she would find her a new home. The woman sent messages and pictures of Kiya, but the updates stopped in July, Hankins said.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the dog-torturer’s arrest, and Misty’s Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City yesterday raised an additional $10,000 in reward money.
“I just want to find whoever did this,” Hankins said. “From what I read I think this is not the first time they did this and probably not the last.”
Animal Rescue League (ARL) Boston MA, Offers $5,000 Reward In ‘Puppy Doe’ Torture Case
‘Puppy Doe’s Injuries Include (so far made public):
* more than 17 injuries
* happened over time and repeatly
*splitting her tongue into serpent-like form
* burning her nose
* broken ribs
* fractured skull
* stabbed in eye days before she was found by possibly a knife
* dislocated shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle, (joints pulled apart like Medieval torture called “drawing”)
* leg bone broken in two
* starved weighing 18 lbs, which is less than half for dog her size
* repeated blows to head leaving calloused bone
* top of back vertebrae smashed from repeated beating on her back by a board or baseball bat
* unable to walk (was dumped not wandering)
* no sexual abuse
Read Animal Rescue League Report for in-depth findings (PDF)
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case of a dog that was tortured so badly, it had to be euthanized.
The pit bull mix was found on Carrolls Lane near a playground in Quincy on August 31 suffering from a number of injuries.
State Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) called the abuse “sickening” and said he will file a bill to toughen punishment of animal abuse, which now draws a maximum five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
“It’s obvious that what’s on the books now, they really don’t know or care what the laws are,” said Kafka, who already is pushing a bill toughening other parts of the animal abuse laws. “I think we have to look at existing penalties, and where they can be increased, increase them.”
Since that time, the Animal Rescue League says it has seen enormous public interest in the story.
“We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from people all over the U.S. , looking to help us identify who inflicted such pain and suffering on Puppy Doe,” Mary Nee, president of the ARL said in a news release.
The ARL is accepting donations on its website to put toward the reward:
Anyone with information, is asked to contact:
* Animal Rescue League
* Quincy Police Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich
Contact State Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) giving him your full support and thank him for his on going stand in toughening animal abuse laws in Massachusetts!
(March 2013 – MSPCA seeks to clarify animal cruelty law: http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/x898139485/MSPCA-seeks-to-clarify-animal-cruelty-law)
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