Police: Dog tortured, starved and then left to die in Quincy


QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The public's help is needed to find the person responsible for torturing, starving and then abandoning a dog to die in Quincy, law enforcement authorities and animal welfare advocates said Thursday.

The female dog, described a pit bull type breed, was found barely alive Aug. 31, weighing about half what it should, according to a joint statement from Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Veterinarians determined that the dog could not be saved and she was euthanized.

Other animals, perhaps even people, could be in danger, Morrissey said.

"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."

The dog, dubbed Puppy Doe, was found near a playground and hospital in Quincy, but Morrissey pointed out that the person responsible for the abuse does not necessarily live there.

Puppy Doe was estimated to be between 1-2 years old. She weighed about 18 pounds when she should have weighed about 40, according to a rescue league veterinarian.

The post-mortem examination showed evidence of multiple broken bones as well as burns to the nose and stab wounds to the eye.

She also appears to have undergone some kind of crude cutting to create a serpent-like split to her tongue, according to Martha Smith-Blackmore, who performed the necropsy.

FOX 25 viewers have been contacting us, saying they want to help. A woman from West Peabody called FOX 25 Friday morning to say she is offering a $3,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information should call Quincy Police Detective Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston's Law Enforcement Dept. at 617-226-5610, email them at cruelty@arlboston.org.

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