The story of “Puppy Doe,” a young pit bull that police say endured unspeakable torture before being dumped in a Quincy park last month and later euthanized, is touching the hearts of people around the world.
A “Justice for Puppy Doe” Facebook page has more than 29,000 likes, a Quincy vigil has more than 900 people who plan to attend, and donors have thrown a staggering $35,000 into the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the abuser.
“What sets this apart is that this story hasn’t just touched animal activists but also everyday people who just love their dogs,” said Ally Baker, the organizer of a vigil set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Quincy City Hall. “People feel like they failed (Puppy Doe). We want to see changes made, and we will do everything in our power.”
Baker hopes that the Puppy Doe case will lead to stricter punishment for abusers.
Meanwhile, Facebook users are flocking to the “Justice for Puppy Doe” page to voice their outrage. One user from Southern California posted, “No living creature should ever have to endure such cruel, inhumane, & destructive behavior. It breaks my heart just to barely see these images of poor little Puppy Doe.”
The Animal Rescue League began raising money last week, saying it would give $5,000 to whoever gives cops the crucial tip, and keep the rest to fund its animal-cruelty operations.
“We don’t receive any public funds, so any work we’re doing in this case — and that includes our investigative officers, our law enforcement team and the veterinary forensics — that’s our law-enforcement efforts,” ARL spokeswoman Ami Bowen said. “There are many, many other cases like this that the money will be going toward.”
The reward is one of several being offered for information in the case; Misty’s Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City are offering $11,000, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has put up an additional $5,000.