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Norfolk County DA Offering $5k for Information on Dog Torture Case

Puppy Doe, after being rescued by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Courtesy Animal Rescue League)
Puppy Doe, after being rescued by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Courtesy Animal Rescue League)
By Grahame Turner

[Update
: The Animal Rescue League has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to a prosecution in the case below. This story has been updated with that information. 4:20 p.m.]

Police are looking for information in a fatal dog torture case.

The Quincy Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney appealed for information in the case of "Puppy Doe," a young adult female dog found in Quincy on August 31 near Carrolls Lane. Officials sent out a press release for the Norfolk area, especially towns near Quincy, seeking any information on the case. 
“We need anyone who knows who owned and abused this dog to contact authorities,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a press release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), Law Enforcement Dept. Either by phone at 617-226-5610, email at cruelty@arlboston.org. Or you can call the Quincy Police Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.

“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,” said Mary Nee, president of the ARL in the Friday afternoon release.

The Animal Rescue League announced a $5000 reward for information that leads to a prosecution in this case, Friday afternoon. The ARL has also set up a fund to take donations for the reward at arlboston.kintera.org/puppydoe

For more information on the reward, see the release on the ARL website.

Puppy Doe was found near the Whitwell Street playground and the campus of Quincy Medical Center. When found, she weighed less than half of the expected weight of a healthy dog of her size. 

“Words cannot adequately describe the shocking suffering that Puppy Doe endured or capture the urgency in identifying who did this to her,” explains Nee in the original release. 

The dog was likely between 1 and 2 years old. She had been starved and beaten on several occasions, as evidenced by fractures to the head and body. She also appeared to have had some crude cutting to create a serpent-like split to her tongue, and had also stabbed in the eye in the days prior to being found in Quincy.

“The injuries cataloged in the post-mortem examination are grotesque and indicate consistent starvation and abuse over an extended period of time,” Morrissey said. “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.

Unfortunately, veterinarians were unable to save her because of the extent of her injuries.
Corey Mondello September 24, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Vigil for Puppy Doe Date: Saturday, September 28 Time: 5:00pm Location: Quincy City Hall For More Info: http://tinyurl.com/l97n7d8

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