A Facebook Group Is On the Hunt For An Animal Abuser

They are trying to find who is responsible for torturing Puppy Doe.

Rewards on offer, petitions are fired up, and two Facebook groups are gaining members—all in the name of a puppy who was found beaten, burned, and with broken bones, abandoned in a park in Quincy.

Dubbed “Puppy Doe” by animal rescue officials—the Boston Herald claimed to identify the dog’s original owner—police are on the hunt and asking for the public’s help, for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for their “sadistic” abuse of the animal over an extended period of time.

Police are worried that the abuse of Puppy Doe may be part of a bigger problem, and other animals may be at risk. “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,” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, during a plea to the public last week, asking individuals to send any information to authorities related to the case.

After being found in Quincy on August 31 and brought to a veterinarian, Puppy Doe had to be put down due to the extent of her injuries.

Besides burn marks, a laceration to the eye, and broken bones that had been pulled apart, Puppy Doe weighed less than half of the normal weight for a healthy dog of her size, according to officials. “Words cannot adequately describe the shocking suffering that Puppy Doe endured or capture the urgency in identifying who did this to her,” said Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League.

Since the story made national news, Nee said the organization has been “deeply moved” by the outpouring of support from people all over the country who are looking to help identify the person who inflicted “such pain and suffering on Puppy Doe.”

vigilante Facebook group has joined the ongoing search for the perpetrator, and is accepting tips from the general public to pass onto Quincy Police and officials looking into the case. Quincy Police said that thousands of calls have been pouring in. “We want to see those persons punished for this crime,” according to a statement on the Facebook group’s page. The group, called “Help find the torturers of Puppy Doe,” had more than 4,000 likes as of Sunday morning.

On the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s official website, a fundraiser was started to help further the investigation. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Puppy Doe’s abuser. Misty’s Journey and Second Chance Rescue in New York City added an additional $10,000 in reward money over the weekend.

Funds donated on behalf of Puppy Doe in excess of the ARL Boston reward will go directly toward preventing future cases of animal suffering, cruelty, and neglect, according to the organization’s website.

A petition has also been started, called “Justice for Puppy Doe,” which calls for changes to the state’s animal abuse laws, and getting rid of the option to give away pets for free on Craigslist. The group has an accompanying Facebook page with the same name, already with more than 16,000 followers.

The petition, which is addressed to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, was created after news surfaced that Puppy Doe’s original owner had to give her up due to breed restrictions, and decided to do so through an ad on Craigslist. “It’s beyond words that this sweet, innocent dog, that once knew love, had to suffer this violent, evil fate,” the petition organizer’s wrote. “But at the very least, if the banning of ‘re-homing,’ and ‘giving away’ of pets was [removed from] Craigslist, there would be a small amount of justice in her name.”

As of Sunday, the petition had 12,000 supporters who signed their names to the cause.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 617-226-5610.

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  • Justice4PuppyDoe

    And this FB Group –> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Puppy-Doe/730535090297199?hc_location=stream
    has nearly 17k “Likes” and supporters from around the globe. People are very interested in seeing that the person/s that did this are convicted and that Animal Cruelty Laws are taken seriously.

    • Steve Annear

      Thanks for sharing that. I added it to the story with a link.

  • Sara Hickman
    • SoulDog

      Thanks for sharing, Sara. I started this petition and I’m so proud of everyone in our area and around the world, there’s been such a huge outpouring of support and love for this pup.

      • Sara Hickman

        NO problem im honored to meet you! Ive been spreading it everywhere i cant leave my computer until justice is found

        • SoulDog

          Thanks again. Same here. Each time I go back online there’s more news/confusion :(

  • F. T. R.

    Calling the Facebook group “vigilantes” is an unfair judgement in my eyes. It sounds like the group is looking for the person responsible to be caught, and wants laws to change so that owners like Kiya’s don’t have to give them up. They also want craigslist not to allow those types of classifieds, because all too often this is what happens to the animals offered free or cheaply on there. If these desires make one a vigilante, then I guess I am one, too.

  • Erin Haney

    Its over 17,000 now!

  • Erin Haney

    I think you need to be more judicious in your use of the word ” Vigilante”! Just because a group is more vocal and outspoken DOES NOT mean they are “Vigilante”.

  • Erin Haney

    Maybe we need some “Vigilance” in dealing with such Abuse….then perhaps it wouldn’t happen as often due to a REAL deterrent!!!!

  • Justice4PuppyDoe

    Just to clarify: There are at least 2 Facebook groups. Justice For Puppy Doe with over 17k members–> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Puppy-Doe/730535090297199 and Help Find the Torturers of Puppy Doe –> https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPuppyDoe with over 4k members. Animal Rescue League is not currently affiliated with any FB group- so donate through their reward site here–> http://www.arlboston.org/author/abowen/ & follow #PuppyDoe on twitter.

    • Steve Annear

      Hey @justice4puppydoe all of those things are noted in the story, with links to the sites, where referenced, in blue.

      • Guest

        It was not there initially. As the author mentions downthread, he added it afterwards.

        • Steve Annear

          Everything was there except the second Facebook group’s link.

      • squirrelmender

        Is that a real dog picture with a shirt and tie? If it is it’s so cute!

        • Steve Annear

          @squirrelmender:disqus It is! No dogs were harmed during the making of this photo.

  • Vicky Farr

    Where are HSUS and ASPCA in this? HSUS offers a reward for information for dog fighting and this is just as bad or worse!

  • kg

    This abuse is obviously part of something organized and larger. No one single person could inflict these extensive injuries, and this does not seem to be the behavior of a first-time nut job. This is someone with a history, who has done this before, and who probably has other animals or people captive, and will do it again. The DA is 100% correct that this case should be a priority. Whoever is responsible for this needs to be found and locked up for good.

  • TCrispin

    People are donating specifically to add to the reward – why has it been capped at $5k with the rest going to the ARL?

    • squirrelmender

      Could be b/c they’re the ones with the most avail staff to investigate with only the police to step in if they’re found and need to be arrested.

  • Ernie Patsakas

    only losers in life inflict violence on defenseless animals, children or women, the true thermometer of what it means to be a “L” looooser, talk about a waste of oxygen

    • squirrelmender

      Good heart and good looking wow what a combination. Thanks for standing up for the animals.

  • Beth Peak

    WHO EVER HURTS ANIMALS OR CHILDREN HAVE NO DICK……PERIOD…..THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF THE STREET AND TORTURED…..I HATE MEAN PEOPLE MAY WHO EVER DID THIS BURN IN HELL

  • Krissi

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character: and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

    The person(s) who did this are the utmost COWARDS! To the coward psychopath: “Why don’t you grab your tiny little testicles and come forward??? We will find out who you are you piece of pond scum!! You think you are so hard torturing a poor defenseless soul….show your identity if you are such a big bad hard @$$! C’mon…we are all waiting.”

    I hope somebody gets this POS and does EXACTLY what he/she/they did to Kiya…..BURN IN HELL COWARD!

  • Dottie Emmons

    This kind of sickness in humans scare me.. who is next a school, my mother, yours? I hope someone finds these unhumans and really hurt them the same way. I’m so sad n sickened over this!!

  • Isabella Foster

    Surely there must be a register of sorts in craiglist who took this darling girl, obviously a poorly run organisation to let anyone take a dog and do this to it. I can’t fathom it at all, so please, anyone out there thinking of giving up their pet, dont submit it to craiglist, they dont care

    • Kirsten Sternlieb

      There is a record of who took this girl via an IP address. Craigslist will not release it.

  • Guest

    This must be easy to trace through e mail and phone records – hammer the piece of shit .The public will take care of he or she .

  • ReNay Carr

    This really sick person could be your neighbor. Someone out there knows who did this. Lets all keep this going and be the voice for all the animals who are suffering right now and no one hears. BE THEIR VOICE!!!!!!!

  • Denise Melnikow Martinez

    HER NAME IS KAIYA. !!! SHE DESERVES PEOPLE TO KNOW HER NAME AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. ……

  • Cary

    In this case, “an eye for an eye” seems to be a very appropriate punishment for the POS responsible for this torture…

  • Linda Foster

    i hope they reincarnate as a dog and face the same torture they meted out.

  • Theresa Campbell

    as miserable as I feel about Kaiya I am afraid this was only practice! People who do this end up doing it to other human beings! It really worrys me that this poor pup was just a trial run! These inhuman monsters maybe practicing to hurt other people! I know I said it twice but I think it bears repeating and God forbid they do it to another animal. I don’t live anywhere near Boston but I know people there and I know whoever did this is doing their best to hide. You can’t hide for long. I don’t know who you are but what goes around comes around. Karma can be a real bitch!!!
    If I were you I’d watch my back
    KAIYA I know you are now whole healthy and feel great at the Rainbow Bridge all my love and prayers are with you!

    • Nena Miller

      I agree with you 100 percent

  • Yvonne Johnstone

    Poor puppy doe! May you rest in peace now little darlin’.

    • Yvonne Johnstone

      Hey guys. We need to stick together now and always. Find and lock up these cruel bastards for inflicting such cruelty on our beautiful animals! Put this person/s in front of me and I would not hesitate to inflict the same cruelty upon them and watch them suffer as poor Puppy Doe had to suffer in their hands! For shame on you bastards!

      • squirrelmender

        OMG! I am so with you. We have plenty rural areas here in the south and I have no qualms about not torturing a “human” but, a piece of scum that crawled out of the ground. While I was torturing this thing I would have a picture of this poor abused dog right in his face until both his eyes were eventually gauged out. I would let him keep one eye until he’s been tortured so badly that he his hardly breathing and then once I see him taking his last breath is when the final blow of stabbing him/her in the other eye& will finalize it.

  • Vanessa DeHart Williams

    We, as humans are responsible for the helpless..both children and animals. We need to stop this from happening to another dog.

  • trudi

    Find This Humen there kill Her littel puppy doe!!!WHY WHY??????

  • Robin Vanostrand

    This person must be caught! I was shocked to hear what happened to this poor defenseless dog,,,,one report referred to a group on Facebook as “vigilantes”. It is simply a group of caring human beings that dont want this case to be pushed aside! The focus is needed and the sick “individual” to be caught. If it werent for people such as this, first of all the reward wouldnt have ever gotten so high, and alot of people wouldnt even know what happened. I would sure rather be informed as to what is running around in my area. This isnt the first time this individual(s) has done this, nor will it be the last. That I would bet on. Groups such as this also put the word out, and in the end often end up being “key” as to assisting in finding these sick “people”. They do this in their spare time, Nobody reaps benefits from this, they just care and wish to do all they can to help bring these individuals to justice! Some call them “vigilantes, I call them heros!

  • Laurie D

    The original owner should have her other pets taken from her and not be allowed to ever own an animal. How irresponsible and heartless.

    • Laura Runyan

      The original owner tried to find her dog a good home, and I’m sure she is suffering terribly over what was done to the dog she had raised. Based on what we know so far, I can feel only compassion for her and hope that the authorities find the perpetrators.

      • Nena Miller

        She probably feels badly and she sure as hell should.

        • Laura Runyan

          I’m sorry, but I think you’re being excessively harsh. We can’t know with certainty that people are going to behave the way they present themselves as behaving. Remember, the woman who took Kiya gave her away and did so without informing the original owner. The latter needed to find a home for her dog, and she’s not a mind reader. Neither are you. Also, you don’t know what kinds of financial constraints she might have faced (maybe she couldn’t just pick up and move?). I share your anger toward the abuser–I’ve thought about this every day since I learned about it–but your sharp judgments about this woman are unfair and come across as astonishingly self-righteous given how little you know about her circumstances.

          • Nena Miller

            Maybe just a little harsh but there are humane organizations all over the place that take animals, I don’t really care what financial constraints people face, poverty does not negate responsibility. A person has to do the best they can to ensure the safety of their pets, even if they have to re-home them. What was terribly harsh is what that poor creature endured over time, not just one day… Day after day. That was terribly harsh.

          • Nena Miller

            The abuser just needs to be caught and unfortunately the punishment for that crime probably won’t be just since it was an animal. And that is a real shame. I pray that the abuser is revealed before another animal or person becomes a victim

          • squirrelmender

            If and when they find them and the sentence is a slap on the wrist then all of us on here need to start another petition until the sentence is changed. If they won’t change it then I’m sure once their faces are shown then hopefully “vigilantes” will do their thing. I for one will support their endeavor.

          • Laura Runyan

            That was my point; she DID rehome Kiya. I think the woman who took her–who appeared nice and responsible–has something to answer for, though; she should have contacted the original owner before passing her along to someone else. As I said, we’re not soothsayers, and most of us can’t afford a private detective when we rehome an animal. This is a tragic situation, but unless we know the person we turn the animal over to EXTREMELY well (and even then, we can’t be 100% certain), an element of risk is involved. I say this as a huge animal lover who also knows that she can’t read minds. To the original owner of Kiya: My heart breaks, both for what your sweet dog endured and for your own loss.

          • Alie Main

            https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPuppyDoe?ref=profile# Before you feel TOO sorry for her you should read the newest findings in the case. I’m not coming down on you for having a heart, but the only sympathies I have are for Kiya. It’s not considered a “loss” if you willingly give something up. She supposedly did so under the circumstances of her landlord telling her 3 dogs were too many and she had to get rid of one, but if that had been the case WHY would she have acquired yet another dog after throwing Kiya into the arms of a stranger- ESPECIALLY knowing how commonly pits & pit mixes are KNOWN for being abused & tortured!

          • squirrelmender

            Once someone takes an animal from CL they have no obligation to contact the person who originally owned them unless they had that person sign a contract stating as such. The young woman who was jealous of the relationship her boyfriend had with the dog had no good intentions in the first place. Her first and foremost objective was to get rid of the dog to hurt her boyfriend and make sure she got the attention and not the dog. Furthermore, the mother of the son who owned the dog as well as the son both knew and had a fear as stated by the mother that the girlfriend may put the dog on CL and the mother still did not take in the dog even though she knew her son would be moving in with her soon to help out with the dog. No sympathies here for the original owner.

          • Alie Main

            Actually if you look at the facebook group devoted to Kiya there are specific reports that Laura (the so-called woman who “gave her away”) SAID she kept in touch with the new owner until July. Kiya was found in August, and the autopsy reports show the abuse had been consistent for a long period of time. That being said there are 2 obvious possibilities to choose from. Laura was either IN ON IT (by knowing & not stopping it if nothing else), OR she’s a POS liar! Whichever theory you choose to go with I believe if the level of “harshness” towards her is to be questioned *we aren’t being harsh ENOUGH! ~Just Sayin :/

          • Laura Runyan

            I’ve read and seen the same reports you have, and the details vary some. The original owner came forward; she didn’t have to do so. You’re making a number of assumptions about her based on incomplete information, and if this is the way you draw conclusions, I’d hate to see you on a jury. Please aim your intense hostility elsewhere. All your caps don’t strengthen your “argument”; instead, they make your words sound like little more than an aggressive rant. A little caution and critical thinking are in order before you pronounce a final judgement on this woman. Ever hear of the fallacy of the excluded middle? Also known as “false dichotomy”? You can choose to reduce the possibilities to a mere two “theories” if you like, but you’ve provided no real basis for such reductionistic (in other words, simplistic) thinking. I came here to support the cause of this dog and to offer compassion to the people who loved her, not to be irrationally “shouted” at by those of you who choose to cast stones before you have all the facts.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            A few caps does not an aggressive rant make. Sorry. If the original owner wanted to ” find HER dog a good home”, as you have stated, she should not have looked to craigslist.

          • Laura Runyan

            Some–but fortunately not all–of the people who’ve posted comments here have leapt to conclusions about someone about whom they know very little. People re-home by placing ads in newspaper classifieds, so Craig’s List wasn’t an absurd alternative if she was desperate to place her animal. Why don’t you take a deep breath and wait until you know more before you so vehemently condemn someone you’ve never even met or spoken with? I refuse to judge her as quickly as you apparently have, and I hope most other people would also avoid doing so before they have more information about both her and her circumstances. Case closed for now. Until/unless you can provide credible sources that implicate her as being involved in something more nefarious than trusting someone else too easily, I have no interest in rehashing this with those who are intent on bashing this woman again and again.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            How is this for some info??? Just took a really deep breath, Thanks!

          • Laura Runyan

            I used to be a reporter, okay? I know the importance of CONFIRMING “information” and sources. Enough already. If any of this is untrue, it could serve as the basis for a libel suit if it appeared, without independent confirmation, in a newspaper or an online news source. Maybe you should take a basic journalism class before you forge ahead with such “facts.”

            Without any independent confirmation (someone saying she knows someone who knows someone doesn’t count), please drop this now, at least with me. I’m not interested in online rumors or gossip; I’ll trust professionals who are bound by journalism ethics before I’ll uncritically accept claims like those you pass along below.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            “If any of this is untrue, it could serve as the basis for a libel suit”.

            Shaking in my boots. Not planning on taking a “basic journalism class”..any time soon, Thanks for the advice though. And if you knew anything about journalism, and the law, you would know that any bit of info counts. Do you think this case is very important to the police department? An animal abuse case that will land someone in jail for a max sentence of 5 years? I feel STRONGLY that any information, no matter how small, could potentially help. So anything I find online, I will repost. The police, or whomever can do with it as they please. Is that OK with you?

          • Laura Runyan

            I don’t care that you’re shaking in your boots. You SHOULD take a journalism class. You should also take a logic class. Nobody cares more deeply about animals than I or many of the other people here who don’t need to condemn others we don’t even know. It’s not simply that you feel “STRONGLY.” I know many gentle animal activists who never express the kind of hostility or make the kinds of baseless accusations you have in your comments. Stop using this event as an excuse to act out your own angry drama online; focus on the poor dog instead. And stop attributing guilt to others when you obviously lack a number of important facts and and you don’t even bother to confirm the accuracy or credibility of your sources of information.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            I lack a number of of important facts? Really? What are they? Do tell! And when you do, please list your source!

          • Laura Runyan

            I’m not the one making accusations; you are. Therefore, the burden is on you to provide sources, not on me, since I’m not the one making unfounded claims about guilt or innocence. In other words, I am SUSPENDING judgement–except for the judgement that we shouldn’t RUSH to judgment–and I will remain “agnostic” about anyone’s guilt until I see far more evidence than you’ve presented. I suggest that others do the same.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            Shut up already. If you “used to be a reporter”, then do some reporting. Something is fishy about you. Trolling? Guilty in some way? I don’t know, but, you really are not worth responding to.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            This post was on facebook. Posted 35 minutes ago.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            What do you say now?

          • Alie Main

            So tell me, do you have a dictionary & thesaurus lying next to you, or are you using Dictionary.com? Use all the “big words” in the world to try and make yourself look edumacated & draw attention away from the INTENDED purpose of this story& these threads, but it still doesn’t cover up the underlying ignorance in your previous statements, OR the fact that you either 1)have not researched the links with the FACTS provided & continuously updated… or 2)already KNOW the truth because you’re friends with the attention seeking, heartless, jealous little girl who threw poor baby Kiya away,and are here to defend her because she’s too cowardly to make an appearance! You want to try and wage your little personal war with myself & the others here who simply want to raise awareness, seek justice, and provide links that contain validated statements from the authorities. You want to make (a very pitiful attempt to)us feel inferior, or in the wrong and place judgement by pointing YOUR fingers and trying to belittle us… when YOU are the one placing judgement- which anyone can clearly see by reading your ridiculously out of place post above! I am not “shouting”- someone with such a wide vocabulary should be intelligent enough to know that no sound (other than *tap clickclick tap*) is coming from my fingertips, lmmfao- I’m merely placing emphasis(QUICK! GRAB YOUR DICTIONARY! oops, there I go shouting again!) on a word. ****You said ” I came here to support the cause of this dog and to offer compassion to the people who loved her, not to be irrationally “shouted” at by those of you who choose to cast stones before you have all the facts”, but I have yet to see you say or do anything to support ****the cause of KIYA, not “this dog”****. You made a point of trying to fit as many “intellectual words” as humanly possible into a sentence, but I have yet to see you make a single intelligent comment or suggestion for Kiya’s cause- it’s all just been for the purpose of lifting the person who put her in this situation onto a pedestal and drawing attention your way by means of trying to start an argument. MOST OF US here are sincerely trying to accomplish (grab the dictionary again! it means “get something done” which actually has a higher purpose than your rambling about casting stones!) something, so if you aren’t going to drop your BS “look at me” routine and join in the say something with substance pertaining to “the cause” you keep referring to you should do yourself a favor -stop wasting your time here. I can’t speak for the others, but *I* don’t care how wide your vocabulary is or how many different ways you can think of to passively insult someone. I’m here because I am deeply disturbed by what happened to “THIS DOG” as you keep calling her, and I want to contribute ideas that may be useful for future prevention as well as offer the resources *I* have/ know about so that they may be spread around with this tragic story!
            ****YOU’RE WASTING MY TIME LITTLE GIRL****! Say something useful or go find a party to crash that doesn’t have a purpose. This is a very serious matter here which you obviously take very lightly!

            Alie Main thetruth

            • 38 minutes ago
            I’m addressing both “thetruth” (lol :/) & Laura first, who are quite possibly one in the same AND the original owner for all we know! After all, ****#1 it IS DOCUMENTED (funny, I just shouted but my dogs didn’t hear a thing, how odd lol) that the *owner Laura* has repeatedly made duplicate anonymous profiles in the past to harass ppl or *defend herself* while pretending to be “someone else”! ****#2 As far as “spouting lies” everything that has been said by US was extracted from factual information provided by the authorities, vets, and other reliable sources so I don’t see how the authorities are going to have a problem sorting through their own FACTS to find the truth. ****#3 I’ve thoroughly read the threads & replies here. Everyone has done nothing BUT focus on mourning Kiya, express heartfelt sympathies and outrage for the horrific trauma she endured, AND been encouraging teamwork to find justice for her(what have YOU done in her defense other than run your mouth?)… until LAURA popped in defending the “poor broken-hearted owner and the pain SHE must be going through” and pointed fingers at us for being too harsh. *Then anonymous profile #2 (“thetruth”? PUHLEEEASE! I’ll get back to that silliness momentarily!Hmmphff!) heroically steps in from out of nowhere ****FIRST having the nerve to GLORIFY the twisted wench who chose to throw away the one of 3 dogs who would be most likely to have a tragic ending to her life then add ~another~ dog back to her collection (adding insult to injury)anyway, then throwing accusations at us saying WE are unsympathetic & just spouting lies for attention. Tell me, what would we personally gain from something like that? ****HUNNIE, IF I WANT ATTENTION I don’t have to ask for it or make a fake profile and prance into a serious conversation to play drama queen such as you’ve done! That’s the fun part of having studied psychology/psychiatry. I can’t speak for everyone else but you aren’t fooling me a bit- just making yourself look ridiculous, cowardly hiding by such an obviously poor choice of usernames!

            ~NOW my question for the serious ^grown ups^ here… DOES ANYONE ELSE HERE THINK IT’S QUITE STRANGE that this “thetruth” character just pops in from the shadows? First before even expressing sorrow for the poor baby she goes on to put the person who put Kiya in this situation on a pedestal & enthusiastically rambles about how wonderful “she” is for buying her dogs toys and never using a cage! (fyi, crate training is very beneficial- you never know when tragedy will strike and the furbaby will need to stay at the vet (in a cage) for an extended period of time, & if they’ve grown up with one the odds of the baby going into shock from being “locked up” will be far less. Not only that, but they find comfort in a warm, dark “den” where they can go from time to time. The door stays open in my kennel and they LOVE to go lay down in their “bed” even though at night they all pile up with me!) Then continues by pointing fingers at us, telling us how horrible we are for (lol) pointing fingers,, and how we care nothing about Kiya other than how much attention we can get! THEN (mind you, this is the first time we’ve seen her) emphasizes that the facts we are merely repeating from statements given by the authorities ARE ALL LIES & saying we should be showing her our support? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? The mother and son removed themselves from her life because instead of giving Kiya to them she vindictively put her on CL to hurt the boyfriend… and for whichever one of you said she wouldn’t have come forward if she weren’t innocent??? REALLY?!? The story went viral nationwide! As braindead as she was for feeding Kiya to the wolves ANY IDIOT is smart enough to know If she hadn’t come forward she would have been the FIRST suspect! Of course she came forward- TO SAVE HER A$$! She wanted to play the victim and get herself out of the line of fire! Tell me this- if she came forward because she is innocent; if all the reports and updated info from the authorities ARE lies *Where is she now & why isn’t she coming forward to defend herself*? Hmmm?, Could it be that she’s too busy cowardly hiding behind a fake profile claiming to be “someone who knows her” and talking about how wonderful she is, rather that taking steps with the rest of us to find justice for poor defenseless Kiya who has no voice?

            I’ve wasted enough of my precious time on your silly, petty game though. It can be spent much more wisely- by continuing to play my part in doing what I can to insure that awareness is spread and pray these sick occurrences stop!

          • Laura Runyan

            I haven’t read all of your post above because the tone of the first half of it or so is as nasty as the tone in so many of your other comments, and I’m not willing to subject myself to any more of your abusive tirades. You and a few other people on this site have been so mean-spirited, intolerant, and self-indulgent in your supposed outrage over this tragedy (instead of focusing on doing something productive) that it’s downright sickening.

            Rational people don’t leap to conclusions the way you repeatedly have in your comments on this page, and they don’t assume that unsubstantiated accusations are facts. If this approach to information (or SUPPOSED information) is typical of you, then you should seriously consider trying to acquire some additional critical-thinking skills.

            I don’t need a dictionary. I’ve taught college English. I’ve also studied logic. You think these are “big” words? Then maybe you should spend more time reading instead of spewing venom at others online. (Oh, yeah, them’s big words!)

            I don’t know what you’re normally like, but on this page, you’ve been incredibly hostile to those who don’t share your rabid view of the situation. My college freshmen handled themselves with more grace, dignity, and empathy than you’ve displayed to several others on this site, and it’s clear that–in this context, at least–you can’t be reasoned with about even your most groundless assumptions. Therefore, I am DONE with you. Anymore messages from you will be ignored. I hope that this is just an unusually embittered week for you. And don’t attribute your conduct to the hideous things that happened to Kiya; plenty of other people respond to such cruelty with decency and civility, instead of using it as an excuse to condemn those who don’t see the world exactly as they do. You dare talk about pointing fingers? Perhaps you should review your earlier posts.

            By the way, I wrote “this poor dog” in one of my comments. So what? I also repeatedly referred to Kiya by name, whereas several others didn’t even know her gender–though I didn’t attack them for that because I knew their hearts were in the right place, as is mine. You’re simply nitpicking now in an effort to justify your astonishingly aggressive behavior. Why don’t you stop looking for excuses to treat others like garbage when they don’t agree with you?

            And please go away now. As I said, I won’t read any more posts from you. I’d rather read what people who are more positive have to say. Grief and anger don’t justify behaving like an aggressive *sshole or a raving drama queen. Maybe if you’ll cool down and reread your posts, you’ll see how excessive some of them are. I’ll say this for them, though: They sure stand out!

            They also violate a useful tenet about writing: Don’t exaggerate or overstate. Doing so undermine’s a writer’s credibility. E.g., “Everyone has done nothing BUT focus on mourning Kiya, express heartfelt sympathies and outrage for the horrific trauma she endured, AND been encouraging teamwork to find justice for her(what have YOU done in her defense other than run your mouth?)… until LAURA popped in defending the ‘poor broken-hearted owner and the pain SHE must be going through’ and pointed fingers at us for being too harsh. *Then anonymous profile #2 (“thetruth”? PUHLEEEASE! I’ll get back to that silliness.”

            How excessive and overwrought your “style” is. But regarding the content: If you’re implying that I’m Ms. Hankins (the original owner), then you’re WAY out of line. Further, I never wrote “poor broken-hearted [sic] owner and the pain SHE must be going through,” so you ought to clarify to whom you’re attributing that quote and quote that comment in its entirely for others to see. Also, another flaw in your reasoning: I never drew any conclusions about Ms. Hankins’ guilt or innocence; I merely said, in so many words, that you were drawing conclusions for which you have provided inadequate basis and that I’m unwilling to accuse her of anything more trusting the wrong person (which almost any of us can do if the other person is persuasive enough). Decency dictates that we wait for for all, or at least most, of the facts to become clear before we start accusing others of such acts. Withholding rash judgments, especially those expressed in writing, also requires two other qualities: maturity and self-restraint.

            Yet YOU have the audacity to talk about running one’s mouth??

            Oh, one more thing: Apparently you didn’t notice this, but I and the person who who wrote under “the truth” aren’t the only ones here who expressed discomfort with attacks on the original owner, especially by people who don’t even know her. Also, at least one of the FB pages about Kira prohibits such attacks. How could you miss such details?

            Here’s how: By making up your mind early and then seeing only what supports your quick judgments and ignoring the rest. It’s called “confirmation bias.”

            So here’s a word you can look up: myopic.

          • Laura Runyan

            Typo in my last reference to Kiya: I typed Kira by mistake.

            Also, I left a word out of this sentence:

            “I merely said, in so many words, that you were drawing conclusions for which you have provided inadequate basis and that I’m unwilling to accuse her of anything more trusting the wrong person (which almost any of us can do if the other person is persuasive enough).”

            It should have read “I’m unwilling to accuse her of anything more THAN trusting…”

            Thanks, y’all.

          • Alie Main

            *In addition- As far as financial restraints they obviously weren’t bad enough to stop her from breeding her dog and KEEPING one of its pups AFTER supposedly giving Kiya up due to not being allowed to have so many dogs! This story gets deeper every day with new bits of information coming from people who were directly involved in the situation. There are more holes in her (Laura-the original owner) story every day and her actions are the “tattletale!

      • squirrelmender

        No one who loves animals should put them on CL no matter your circumstances. If you can’t thoroughly screen people then it’s better to take the animal to a county shelter even if it’s a kill shelter. This animal may very well have found a home, or a bully rescue may have taken her in or at worst been PTS humanely. So, which is better to blindly give your dog away to a “seemingly nice person” who you know nothing about or give it a chance at the shelter to find a home or be humanely put down or be TORTURED for months after giving it away for FREE on CL. Sorry, but, I still say anyone who advertises their animal on CL has been hiding with blind folds on and ear plugs in otherwise how could you not know about all the horrors that have come out of FREE ANIMALS on CL.

  • Andrea Forbes

    This sickens me beyond belief – what is wrong with people that they feel they need to do this to a dog – a dog that asks for nothing in return for its unconditional love that a warm place to sleep and a full belly…. a dog that no matter what your day has been like is at the door tail wagging voicing its ” I am glad you are home” This person/or persons responsible need to be caught need to punished for a dog that could not speak for it’s self for an animal that was defenceless in everyway that relied on human interaction and caring that just wanted to be loved…. please please find these people please don’t let this animals death be in vain. I am sorry that you were dealt this life Little Doe, I am sorry the world this far failed you…you may be an angel now, but we will be your voice here on earth and we will find you the justice you deserve

    • Terri Knoth

      Beautifully said, Andrea!! I am so sooooooooo sorry fur baby Doe, you are no longer being torched in the hands of evil people. Run Free, I hope you are an angel with God, and will be loved forever now,I pray the people that torched you feel the pain they gave to you over and over again, and they should never be free, they should be locked up forever and ever!!Amen

    • squirrelmender

      Don’t you think it would be a great idea to protest outside that girls house that gave him away until she tells the police what she knows? If I lived near then I sure would. I would humiliate her to no end. I would carry signs of the dog after he was abused and blame it on her not to mention the son and his mother.

  • Gaz Rtwr-bbrf Sixx

    I hope they find this person all i see when i see kaiya is my lil boy dime (they look spits of each other but dime has a brown patch on his head) i can feel my self filling with anger here i just hope justice is served

  • Alie Main

    What happened to that poor baby girl was beyond devastating, and it’s wonderful how quickly people have come together to try and resolve the horrific occurrence! Plain & simple- Some people who AREN’T in the “animal advocacy”
    groups or who have never known the joys of a “furbaby” companion/family
    member may say we are over-reacting. Nothing infuriates me more (on a
    verbal level) than to hear someone say it’s “just a dog/cat/animal”!
    They are family members. They DO have feelings & souls. All it takes
    is a simple glance into their eyes to see that! We establish
    communication and understanding with them, and obviously the love, just
    like with our human children. All that aside the fact of the matter
    remains… If someone is sick enough to do this to an innocent,
    defenseless, sweet little dog WHAT ARE THEY CAPABLE OF DOING to a human
    who does something to irritate them! The person(s) is clearly mentally
    unstable and demented, and there are more of them out there EVERYWHERE!
    It is a sick world we live in now. For the NON-animal lovers out there
    who aren’t concerned about the matter at hand This *SHOULD* be your
    battle too! If you won’t do it for the animals do it because maybe THE
    NEXT VICTIM will be a defenseless human! Cruelty is cruelty no matter
    who or what it is inflicted on, and it can’t go unpunished or the
    problem will continue to grow!
    PLEASE put this on your agenda to AT
    LEAST LOOK at the petition,and the story. Later on instead of stretching
    & saying “OOOH I’m so bored”, pop the link up and fill your boring
    moment with something that could save many innocent lives! :)

    • squirrelmender

      Quite a few times I’ve had people come into the rescue where I volunteer as an adoption counselor and once when I refused an applicant the animal he became furious and said “Why are you being so strict and such ass*s it’s only an animal- are people knocking down your door to get this animal”? I told him the animal wouldn’t be here if less people had your attitude and that’s one of the reasons you are not getting our dog and furthermore this animal will have no problem getting a home b/c I will be the one to approve or disapprove. With that he was even more furious until I finally said your temper, attitude, rudeness and disruptive behavior guarantees you will never get one of our animals. He hung up. One week later I approved an app and the animal is now in a very loving home where I get freq updates and pictures.

      • Alie Main

        Well done! I would have done the same thing, only quite possibly not with so much self control! Too many times my mouth has gotten me into trouble for standing firmly behind my beliefs/opinions/decisions, but I can’t say I regret it. I’ve had quite a few people say my “passion” (or insanity,however you look at it,lol) has changed the way they look at things. That makes it worth every second :)

        • squirrelmender

          I was maintaining my professionalism against his rudeness b/c I didn’t want to stoop to his level nor did I want the vet who owns the rescue to bar me from being there. However, if I were on the outside with someone like you well all I can say is together the abusers wouldn’t have a chance against two woman with a huge passion and a huge mouth to go with it. You don’t happen to live in Fl do you?

          • Alie Main

            No, unfortunately NOT YET,lol. Been there several times though and want to move there as soon as I’m financially able. I have a dear friend in Leesburg Fl who would make a great advocate!

          • squirrelmender

            Let me know when your ready and if I can help out I will. My friend and I would love to have more advocates to fight for more animals like Kiya. I need someone to help me snoop into the rural areas where dog fighting is going on. I know it’s dangerous but, life itself is also dangerous.The animals are counting on us.

    • Nena Miller

      Oh, this certainly isn’t the only time this as happened, and stats show that they probably abuse people too, they will continue to kill which is why that useless Oman who took the dog to obviously turn it over or participate in the crime should really be scrutinized. She has kids? I would look very closely at them as well.

    • squirrelmender

      Very well said!

    • Kirsten Sternlieb

      Well said. Thank you.

  • Brooklyn

    Rest in peace baby girl. You deserved so much better. I am so sorry that you ended up with monsters. I hope your last days were enough to understand what love is.

  • Skarlj

    It has been reported the previous owner gave up the dog (then named Kiya) to a woman in Grafton! She had to give her up because the landlord didn’t want a pitbull on the premises!

    THIS woman from Grafton is the one who gave, or sold her to whomever, but she does not want to talk! THAT would make her an accomplice! There should be police action that makes her talk! Since she was the last known owner, then she should be charged, and then they can deal! Anyone else have any better ideas?

    • Jane Smitty

      agreed completely

    • Margrett Brown

      According to the Laura’s boyfriend’s mother the landlord did not tell Laura she had to give Puppy Doe up. She had three dogs and the landlord said “one” of the dogs had to leave. The landlord did not choose Puppy Doe.. According to the mother Laura became upset because the boyfriend was spending so much time with Puppy Doe. if you go to this link you can read the article on f/b. http//linkscauses.com/s/clms

      • Kirsten Sternlieb

        Where did you get this info? The link is not working…

        • Margrett Brown

          If you look just below this reply someone has copied it to this site. I have the f/b link written down and I will send it to you.

    • squirrelmender

      She’s not talking b/c she knew that dog was going to people that would do this and she was hoping this would take care of the problem that her boyfriend was spending too much time with the dog. I don’t doubt that she was a participant in the abuse either.

  • Marion Crist

    this poor dog how awful i hope they get the monsters who did this to this poor baby girl that women who gave up the dog should be telling the police all she knows if she has nothing to do with it if she loved that animal she would be motefied and would want to get whoever did this on death row and killed to thats what this person derserves i just dont understand peoples mentality when they do these things to poor defenless animals she should of put the dog with an shelter or something who would of made sure the dog went to an home who would love her not abuse her poor dog poor baby girl RIP ANGEL we all love you your safe in doggy heaven x

    • squirrelmender

      She obviously didn’t care for the dog she gave ita way as revenge for her boyfriend spending more time with the dog than her–gee I was why?If I lived near them I would become their own personal stalker and as a retiree time is no problem. I hope the whole family rots in the fire pits of hell.

      • Marion Crist

        yes i read that she got rid of it but it said that she asked the person to look after it but obvioulsy she didnt much care well now they have an person of interest i hope this is the person hope they have caught him goodness knows what other tourcher he has been inflicting on other animlals he deserves to go to prison and let the inmates do what he did that poor dog do to him they cant let him get away with it but i did read the guy dumped when he knew what she did x

  • Donna S. Brown

    I agree with you Skarlj. Put that bitch from Grafton in jail with no food and no water until she tells (and it is confirmed) who she gave this dog to.

    Then she should be tortured just enough to make her convinced that she really should never make the same mistake again!!!

    • Laura Runyan

      Y’know, peace begets peace. I’m alarmed by the violent references in some of comments I see online whenever something like this happens. Anger and even hate are understandable responses, but “bitch” and references to “torture”? I’ve seen little evidence so far that violence solves serious social problems such as animal abuse; in fact, if anything, it just might create more abusers. (And since I don’t support the death penalty, I’m none too fond of the references to execution either.) Some of the words chosen in the comments on this page make me long for the relative civility of letters to editor. How about we try to set an example instead?

  • Amy Veloz

    The person or persons who did this should be INHUMANELY EXECUTED! Craigs List is also responsible for this.

    • Jane Smitty

      why would craigslist be responsible? They did not adopt the dog or “rehome” it. They provided a place online for people to buy/sell and otherwise communicate. That is the problem with our litigeous society, people take no PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. What about the original “owners” who gave it way to someone else because they couldn’t be responsible enough to find a complex that would take them, AND the pet they claim to love? Next, after THEY failed him, what about the lady who took him from them? She at least knows where he went next (maybe just with her or her family). She needs to be responsible. All the people who failed to watch out for the helpless who was dependent on them by THEIR CHOICE (initial adoption) and had no say, that is who is to blame, not some posting service that had no part in it.
      I am not all about the nanny state where everything is legislated so we have no choice in our own well being, take some responsibility for your own life and choices and do the right things and stop blaming everyone else

      • Amy Veloz

        If you read my post, you would see that I am holding the people who did this responsible. I want them executed. I also want to see a National Registry for Animal Abusers. I would also like to see
        Craig’s List stop being such a piece of shit and stop selling and giving away animals on it’s site. Craig’s List is notorious for attracting serial killers and criminals. If it takes a “Nanny State” to put a stop to the torture of animals then so be it.

        • squirrelmender

          I just love you as you think the way I do. I am so for the Registry and tougher laws. No choice as to whether they pay 2500 or go to jail for 90 days etc I think 10,000 and 10 yrs jail and 10 yrs probation, never own an animal again or live with anyone who has animals. Let the scum bags live in prison with the rest of the scum.

          • Amy Veloz

            Right on! – Squirrelmender!

      • squirrelmender

        I think indirectly we should hold CL responsible b/c I remember starting a petition to not allow animals at all to be put on there and gathered about 30,000 and I never once heard from CL. There are way too many incidents of animals taken from there and ended up tortured or dead. Yes, its’ a good place to sell furniture etc but, who cares if someones kicks or burns the dining table . We have way too many low IQ self-centered, persons who only care about themselves and use CL as a quick relief to their inconvenience. If indeed you care about that animal then learn how to best adopt it to the right people. However, like I said some are just too ignorant to ask how to do that let alone research it their self. It’s still no guarantee the animal won’t be abused but, at least you have enough evidence on paper to help police start an investigation. Merely, thinking someone is nice and dressed appropriately& some pretend to be a family and bring their children is not enough to just say here take him he’s yours good luck. I think the owner of CL should seriously look into how many cases of abuse(human and animal) that his site has caused.

        • Jane Smitty

          I can agree with that

        • Kirsten Sternlieb

          When did you start your petition? Can you rally people again to sign the newest one? It only need about 15,000 to reach 50,000. Please help if you can. Thank you! Petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-puppy-doe-tell-craigslist-to-help-stop-violence-against-pets

          • squirrelmender

            Absolutely, I’m already on it.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            Just found this on facebook…

            Melodie Peters

            This comes from the mother of the girls x boyfriend. IMPORTANT INFO I RECEIVED!! Hi Mary,
            Laura was my sons girlfriend at the time she re-homed Kiya. they were together for years. My son NEVER wanted dogs but Laura bought a Chihuahua then a min pin. she would have got more but they were living with me!! They moved out on their own and Laura decided to get a pit (she always wanted one ) but living with me and MY pit( that was originally hers….whole other story) That was not an option. My son grew to LOVE Kiya more then anything and spent MANY hours with her at the park after work. Laura hated the fact that he did that.. The landlord then told them BOTH to re-home ONE of their dogs because 3 was too many in the small space. My son was planning on getting his own place with just Kiya but couldn’t find one and realized that it would be hard to ever find one so he decided to give Kiya to a friend. That friend felt bad for Kiya because she would sit at the door and cry. and she wouldn’t eat (separation anxiety??) so My son took her back. We had talked about letting Kiya stay with me for how ever long it took for him to find a place. BUT Laura didn’t want that because she didn’t want my son to have her..He feared that Laura would place Kiya on craigslist so I watched it for him and YES I found her ad and flagged it before anyone could reply.. My son was days away from moving in with me and taking Kiya with him. She placed Kiya on craigslist AGAIN and gave her o the first person who replied while my son was at work. who again days later emailed laura and Laura said for her to find Kiya a good home. so you see. The story she tells in papers is NOT the truth..If she really wanted what was best for Kiya she would be here with us(yes my son left her the day Kiya went) IT is SICK that she is enjoying all the attention over such tragedy.

            Like · · 36 minutes ago

          • squirrelmender

            When I first read about this dog in the Boston Herald I had also came across exactly what you did in your comment. I therefore, based everything in my comments on the mother’s statement. The person above “the truth” sent me a reply literally telling me I shouldn’t listen to FB and proceeded to use the” F” word to describe me and kept ranting on for which I didn’t even care to read after she started calling me names. So, for anyone reading my reply to “the truth” above that’s why I shortened my response to that person Perhaps she knows “the truth” and is protecting the guilty. .Furthermore, how do any of us know who was jealous since neither the son or girlfriend are making any comments and the girlfriend is refusing to talk to police. Please, if you find any other info feel free to reply to me and I will do the same. Have a good one. Kisses to Kiya.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            I am very new to this stuff… Just joined FB in the light of this incident. Is there any way to email you directly without posting our email addresses?

          • Guest

            ohoogie@gmail.com (squirrelmender) I don’t know this will show up on the comments but, if it does just delete it. All you have to do is when you get a reply in your email then up in the right corner there is an arrow pointing to the left that means reply to that person .Then at the bottom of your email click send.

          • squirrelmender

            I will try and look you up on my FB and since you have your full name on here then it should be easy to find you. If I do then I will send you a friend request and once you accept I’ll give you my FB name email from there. I’ll try to do it at the rescue tomorrow so my boss can help me.

          • squirrelmender

            . It shows up as comment deleted.

          • Laura Runyan

            That’s right: We DON’T KNOW at this point.

            More than one Facebook page about this case has stated that the woman who re-homed Kiya IS cooperating with the police, yet you persist in choosing to conclude the worst instead. So why don’t you put an stop to your nasty assumptions and name-calling (“low-IQ self-centered” persons)–or at least keep them to yourself–and focus on something more positive? I doubt I’m the only one here who’s thinking that you and a few others are spreading some really bad “vibes” on this page, and it’s not helping anyone solve anything. Be angry about the dog, but don’t use this as an excuse to spread around any more bad blood. We’re upset enough as it is.

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

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      • Nena Miller

        I don’t think craigs list is responsible either but this is not a good way to re-home pets. Creeps look for these ads, like the West Virginia man that obtained 29 puppies, mostly “free to a good home” and tortured and killed them time after time.

        • Kirsten Sternlieb

          These are not “creeps”, they are sociopaths… future serial killers. Completely unable to be rehabilitated. Unfortunately, it takes torturing and murdering a child to get the attention of the legal system. Pathetic.

          • Nena Miller

            Sociopath, psychopath, useless human, creep, and yes unable to be rehabilitated, just really needs to be apprehended

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            Agreed 100%.

      • Kirsten Sternlieb

        It was a “she”. A little baby girl.

        • Jane Smitty

          Thanks Kirsten :-) I honestly didn’t realize, and it is kind of you to notice and care. She could have used one of the people in her life to advocate for her even in this small way. I think a lot of you right now…

          • Kirsten Sternlieb

            Thank you Janie. It is haunting me. My heart truly breaks for this little girl…

  • Jane Smitty

    This is exactly why people need to be responsible for the pets they adopt. Instead of moving to a community that does not allow a member of your family, the original family (who claimed to love her) should have found a place that would have taken the entire family instead of giving the dog away for someone else to torture. BE RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE and care for your pets. If you can not care for them, don’t adopt them, and if you can, then DO. Beyond that, if something were to happen and the family COULD NOT (not would not because it was inconvenient) care for him, then, why didn’t they take steps to find a family they knew or do a home study and background check or something to MAKE SURE the animal’s best interests were being looked out for? Too often people selfishly take the “convenient for me” route, instead of taking care of their responsibilities for those that are depending on them for care. Jerks

    • squirrelmender

      Exactly, I work with a rescue and the excused I get for people turning in their animals. Here are some example ” I just had a baby and I can’t take care of it and the house too” What happen to multi-taskers must be pretty stupid and inept if you get pregnant and give up the dog b/c you don’t know how to juggle a baby and a house. Millions of woman do it and do it with great pride. “I’m moving to an apt that doesn’t allow animals” I live in a university town and everyone here allows animals so I guess that’s a lie or they didn’t try hard enough. ” He keeps peeing on my floor” (happens to be a puppy at 4 months old”) ” He’s too big” even though at time of adoption they ask for a lab or lab mix and tell them it will be at least 50lbs. Did they not listen when we spoke?
      “We’ve had him since he could fit in my pocket but, now that he’s 10y.o he needs too much care and besides I’m pregnant and we can’t handle both” ” I want to get a different kind of dog”

      • Jane Smitty

        We also volunteer with a rescue and that is EXACTLY what my problem is…

    • Alie Main

      I totally agree, and last year I was faced with a similar situation. Roommates told me “I don’t have to go, but the dogs can’t stay”…. I didn’t have anywhere else to turn so I made plans (it was summer at the time) that if I couldn’t find a good foster home for them I would pitch a tent MYSELF (with them) before I would surrender them to a shelter or anyone else. They are my kids and a lot of people told me I was crazy (and I am, I guess) but my determination to keep them with me no matter what is what saved them & at the same time got us a house that ALL of us can live in, along with 3 feral rescues! THERE IS NO POINT in “believing in something” if you aren’t willing to stand up for those beliefs come hell or high water!

      • squirrelmender

        Your a great person. Any chance you live in Fl between you and me the abusers would have no chance.

  • Skarlj

    Whew, I thought we lived in a “civil society”? We don’t cut hands off a shoplifter, we don’t do, what other 3rd countries do with laws tailored towards individuals! Understandably some want unusual punishment to befall those that did this, but THAT is cruel and unusual punishment! The key words are “cruel and unusual”!

    No, it may take a while, but they, or the one will be found! The best of all clues is the lady in Grafton. She may hold the key, and what the authorities need to do is not allow her to run! She very well may be arrive as being a “fear of flight” and then they would have to extradite her from wherever she chooses to go! Something that can take an extraordinary amount of time!

    I don’t know what they can do to hold her, but Animal rights activists may have some run across this before! Anything they can find to hold her! The best is since she is the last known owner then charge her, and make her not a fear of flight! She can either deal or sustain the charges! When things come to that, those charged, knowing it wasn’t them then they give up the real one! We don’t torment! Thanks for reading!

    • Kirsten Sternlieb

      Whatever.

  • Heather June Soper

    The cruel individual who did this should receive the same treatment, lets hope we find this disgusting and depraved person very soon.

  • squirrelmender

    This might be far reaching but, if the girlfriend of the guy who owned the dog was so jealous of the man and his dog then perhaps she knew the people that took him would abuse the dog but, didn’t care as long as he was gone. How do we not know that she knew it was going to happen but, again didn’t care. Why don’t the police if they haven’t already investigate and follow her. I think there is a lot of lies and covering up going on. I not only blame the abuser but, the son, mother and girlfriend.

    • thetruth

      I happen to know that all the girl’s pets were treated as if they were here own children. Those dogs don’t even know what it’s like to be in a crate, she slept and cuddled with her dogs every night and showered them with toys, treats etc. I can’t even say there is a better pet owner because I’ve never seen a person show such love to an animal before. And to see you all spread these sick lies trying to implicate her is just disgusting, especially knowing how devastated she must be. Honestly, you all should be ashamed of yourselves, are you even sympathetic to this dog at all? Do you think Kiya would want her actually loving family to be under a microscope while the real abuser is out there attacking more victims?

      R.I.P Kiya, I’m so sorry you had to go through this. I can only imagine how confused you must of been to be abused after coming from a loving home. To think people discriminate against your breed when it’s our kind that needs to be controlled. Rest in peace baby girl, you will never be forgotten.

      I want to thank everyone that actually did focus on mourning Kiya instead of getting involved spreading lies for attention. The police are going to have a hard time finding this person with all these lies being told, it’s doing more harm then good to point fingers. It’s sad that some of you would rather focus on the drama told by a mother and son that haven’t even been in the girl’s life in almost a year now, instead of showing your support.

      • squirrelmender

        Now that you’ve had your moment in the spotlight calling me names like a liberal usually does why don’t you now just go where the fires burn 24h.

        • Laura Runyan

          Wow, yet another assumption. Like a “liberal” does? And “go where the fires burn 24h”? This is one problem (not the only problem, but one very big one) with the Internet: The anonymity available here can bring out the nastiest sides of some people. Sad.

          • Alie Main

            Yes it is VERY sad! I have an important question, and since you’re so smart I bet you might have an answer for me! Here it comes…
            WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE!? Rather than giving insightful opinions on different possible solutions, or steps to take to help inform others ALL YOU ARE DOING IS drawing more attention to yourself by *letting the internet bring out your nasty side*!
            I have a solution for you. 3 easy steps. 1)Take a deep breath…. 2) Push that little green button in,holding it as you slowly count to ten, and manifest the tension slowly fading to black as your monitor goes to sleep…. 3)Turn the computer back on when you have either chosen a different page to go to, or finally come up with something useful to say here!
            SERIOUSLY- Put your big girl panties on! I’m done talking to you now FOR REAL unless by some miracle I see you’ve actually joined the discussion instead of trying to sabotage it. I just happened to be scrolling down reading all the meaningful things people are saying & was amazed when I saw another comment from you not pertaining to Kiya. (and if you’re going to use the “so&so started it” defense keep this in mind… you don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to!)

          • Laura Runyan

            Not reading beyond the third sentence, which I read before I saw the name associated with it. You’re toxic presence, Ms. Main. I have every right to be here, and I see that others here who care at LEAST as much about this cause as you do have also commented on the foolishness behind the speculations and attacks some (like you) seem addicted to perpetuating.

            GO AWAY. Find a therapist if you have to, but stop smearing bad blood all over this site.

            As much as I miss Massachusetts, at least I won’t run into you there anytime soon. You give me the willies. Seriously.

          • ck65

            I haven’t seen any news source stating that the boyfriend’s mother was telling the truth about your friend.

            I’ve only seen the mother of an ex stating that the dog was rehomed in revenge.
            And we all know that ex’s mothers often aren’t the most truthful when it comes to the ex.

            So I’ll reserve judgement until a news source confirms.

            Those who are condemning this woman based on the ex-mother are fools. You’re letting your emotions control your rational. Stop a moment and think about what your ex’s mother would say about you. I’d imagine it isn’t nice and quite possibly the furthest thing from the truth.

            Rather then condemn and attack this woman, use your energy to make a change that will help other dogs. Rumors and BS only serve one purpose…and it isn’t saving other animals from this horror.

          • enne pep

            peak at other link posed…momma and son both have arrested for a restraining order on them!!!
            8:38 p.m.: Police arrested Emma Marie Rego, 39, of 18 Church Street Apt.
            2 on Church Street on charges of violating an abuse prevention order.
            http://marlborough.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/warrant-arrest-and-a-reported-domestic-disturbance

          • Laura Runyan

            Thank you for saying this, ck65. If cooler heads would prevail (and cool heads CAN accompany warm hearts), people will stop all this vicious speculation. It’s irrational and, I dare day, unethical, especially when it’s put in writing on a public forum.

            Yes, the energy could be better used for more productive purposes than possibly smearing an innocent woman’s name (and I’ve yet to see solid evidence of her guilt). So unless we find out otherwise, I’m going to presume innocence.

      • Laura Runyan

        Thank you for saying something in support of her. I’ve been appalled by some of the assumptions about her that have been expressed in a few of the posts here, comments made about a woman few, if any, of the rest of us know personally. Please let her know that others out here share her pain and wish her well in the wake of this awful tragedy.

      • Alie Main

        I’m addressing both “thetruth” (lol :/) & Laura first, who are quite possibly one in the same AND the original owner for all we know! After all, ****#1 it IS DOCUMENTED (funny, I just shouted but my dogs didn’t hear a thing, how odd lol) that the *owner Laura* has repeatedly made duplicate anonymous profiles in the past to harass ppl or *defend herself* while pretending to be “someone else”! ****#2 As far as “spouting lies” everything that has been said by US was extracted from factual information provided by the authorities, vets, and other reliable sources so I don’t see how the authorities are going to have a problem sorting through their own FACTS to find the truth. ****#3 I’ve thoroughly read the threads & replies here. Everyone has done nothing BUT focus on mourning Kiya, express heartfelt sympathies and outrage for the horrific trauma she endured, AND been encouraging teamwork to find justice for her(what have YOU done in her defense other than run your mouth?)… until LAURA popped in defending the “poor broken-hearted owner and the pain SHE must be going through” and pointed fingers at us for being too harsh. *Then anonymous profile #2 (“thetruth”? PUHLEEEASE! I’ll get back to that silliness momentarily!Hmmphff!) heroically steps in from out of nowhere ****FIRST having the nerve to GLORIFY the twisted wench who chose to throw away the one of 3 dogs who would be most likely to have a tragic ending to her life then add ~another~ dog anyway, then throwing accusations at us saying WE are unsympathetic & just spouting lies for attention. Tell me, what would we personally gain from something like that? ****HUNNIE, IF I WANT ATTENTION I don’t have to ask for it or make a fake profile and prance into a serious conversation to play drama queen such as you’ve done! That’s the fun part of having studied psychology/psychiatry. I can’t speak for everyone else but you aren’t fooling me a bit- just making yourself look ridiculous, cowardly hiding by such an obviously poor choice of usernames!

        ~NOW my question for the serious ^grown ups^ here… DOES ANYONE ELSE HERE THINK IT’S QUITE STRANGE that this “thetruth” character just pops in from the shadows? First before even expressing sorrow for the poor baby she goes on to put the person who put Kiya in this situation on a pedestal & enthusiastically rambles about how wonderful “she” is for buying her dogs toys and never using a cage! (fyi, crate training is very beneficial- you never know when tragedy will strike and the furbaby will need to stay at the vet (in a cage) for an extended period of time, & if they’ve grown up with one the odds of the baby going into shock from being “locked up” will be far less. Not only that, but they find comfort in a warm, dark “den” where they can go from time to time. the door stays open in my kennel and they LOVE to go lay down in their “bed” even though at night they all pile up with me!) will make Then continues by pointing fingers at us, telling us how horrible we are for (lol) pointing fingers,, and how we care nothing about Kiya other than how much attention we can get! THEN (mind you, this is the first time we’ve seen her) emphasizes that the facts we are merely repeating from statements given by the authorities ARE ALL LIES & saying we should be showing her our support? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? The mother and son removed themselves from her life because instead of giving Kiya to them she vindictively put her on CL to hurt the boyfriend… and for whichever one of you said she wouldn’t have come forward if she weren’t innocent??? REALLY?!? The story went viral nationwide! As braindead as she was for feeding Kiya to the wolves ANY IDIOT is smart enough to know If she hadn’t come forward she would have been the FIRST suspect! Of course she came forward- TO SAVE HER A$$! She wanted to play the victim and get herself out of the line of fire! Tell me this- if she came forward because she is innocent; if all the reports and updated info from the authorities ARE lies *Where is she now & why isn’t she coming forward*? Hmmm, could it be that she’s too busy cowardly hiding behind a fake profile claiming to be “someone who knows her” and talking about how wonderful she is, rather that taking steps with the rest of us to find justice for poor defenseless Kiya who has no voice?

        I’ve wasted enough of my precious time on your silly, petty game though. It can be spent much more wisely- by continuing to play my part in doing what I can to insure that awareness is spread and pray these sick occurrences stop!

        • Alie Main

          OH YEA, and you’re sooo sympathetic…. ****”this dog”****? Kiya was not a “this dog”! She was the beloved child of a young man who was unfortunate to have a petty, childish, jealous, attention-whore of a girlfriend who was deeply offended by the amount of attention that Kiya “took away” from HER! Sadly In all the case studies I’ve seen this scenario is all to common- much more so than “common” sense or “common” decency! It just goes to show the growing ignorance and lack of virtue/ values present in mankind :'(

          • enne pep

            LMAO she had to get a restraining oder against him he’s so mean!!!!!!!!
            Marlborough man charged with violating restraining order
            HUDSON – A Marlborough man was arrested Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. on Summer Street, police said.
            Cody D. Rego, 19, of 18 Church St., Apt. 1, was charged with violating an abuse prevention order, police said.
            http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x83398858/Police-news-for-Friday-May-24-2103

          • Jonnie Hawk

            Anyone can file a TRO and sometimes the abusers are the ones who file them. The ex’s mother vs. Laura Hankins is simply a ‘he said/she said’ situation. But what appears to be obvious is that someone should have been arrested by now. Hankins claims she gave Kiya to someone through Craigslist. This correspondence would have required a meeting, probably at least knowing the person’s phone number–at the very least, seeing their face. She claims Kiya was given away through Craigslist by *that* person. She knows enough about this person to be in contact to find out the dog was repurposed, i.e. given away for free yet again. All roads lead to someone, and that they are leading to no one is highly suspect, in my opinion.

        • Laura Runyan

          Now you sound crazy–conspiracy-theory crazy. Well, this is MY real name (I live in Iowa, though I lived in Boston till I was 7), and foaming-at-the-mouth angry comments don’t intimidate me. They just offend me, and then make me sad.

          • Alie Main

            Well that’s good, because I don’t make “foaming at the mouth” angry comments, I just speak the truth. I don’t like intimidating people either(it’s called Bullying), and I prefer not to offend people but sometimes truth offends-usually when the person realizes they’re in the wrong… and I CERTAINLY don’t like to make people sad. There is already too much tragedy and trauma in this world-I don’t want to add to it! If people are in a situation where they can’t handle the truth they should probably remove themselves from said situation.

          • enne pep

            u not telling it all!!!!!!

          • Laura Runyan

            I’m trying to avoid your posts as much as possible, Ms. Main, but you’ve made so many comments here, and so many of them HAVE been foaming at the mouth. Yes, you’ve shown that you can be a bully. You’ve also come across in some of your posts as frantic and out of control, but bullies can be those things as well. Calling people names because they think it’s wrong to make baseless accusations against others (especially when it’s done in writing) is unfair, shortsighted, and abusive. Fortunately, I’ve found others here who not only write relatively calm, reasonable,and articulate posts but who share my perspective on this point.

            An unfortunate aspect of the Internet is that it makes bullying much easier for some people. It’s so much harder to look someone in the eye while you’re verbally assaulting her for not sharing your point of view.

            In any case, only an especially black-and-white thinker would argue that those who disagree with her are completely in the wrong. You’re not offending people by telling “the truth”; you’re offending by attacking those who don’t see the world in the dichotomous terms you do. I’m very glad I DON’T see the world that way. Nuance is a useful quality; it allows me to (and others) be more fair-minded about this case than you’ve shown yourself to be in your quest to present yourself as so much more sensitive than most of the rest of us. It also allows me to think rationally about the evidence that’s been presented (or, rather, NOT presented) against the human beings involved in this awful chain of events.

            It seems to me that you’re confusing wrath and other over-the-top emotional reactions with sensitivity.

            (By the way, ever hear of bpd? I encountered it many times when I worked in human services.)

            I’m going to hope that in my absence for a few days, you’ll have become bored with the activity here and decide to hang out on some other site that includes people who don’t share your world view. Not that I’d wish your ire on THEM, but I’d like to return and, in peace, read more productive comments by people.

            Don’t bother replying. I’ll just delete the email alert. People like you can ruin an online experience so quickly. My very first comment, in which I cautioned against condemning Kiya’s original owner (since there was no credible EVIDENCE against her yet), didn’t deserve responses like those written by you and another person, someone who also shows a penchant for writing spiteful and defamatory comments.

            (Oh, and I knew all these words in high school, by the way. Instead of making an actual ARGUMENT by which to defend your position, you decided instead to accuse me of keeping a dictionary by my side. As I said: I don’t need a dictionary. And I’m sure I’m not the only one here who DOESN’T need one to write a reasonably articulate online comment.)

        • enne pep

          the boyfriend violated a restraining order!!!!!!
          Marlborough man charged with violating restraining order
          HUDSON – A Marlborough man was arrested Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. on Summer Street, police said.
          Cody D. Rego, 19, of 18 Church St., Apt. 1, was charged with violating an abuse prevention order, police said.
          http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x83398858/Police-news-for-Friday-May-24-2103

      • Amy Lovesanimals

        Loving owners do not “rehome” their pets to strangers. In his particular case, there was someone who cherished Kiya that wanted her, but instead, your friend used Kiya, the same way parents use children as pawns in divorces. Her hatred for her ex boyfriend was far greater than her “love” for Kiya. She has some serious psychological problems, and Kiya paid the ultimate price for that woman’s sickness. I suspect that the only reason she came forward at all was to grab the spotlight for herself.

  • Arthea Strongin

    Unfortunately, I do not live in the Boston area. What a sad story for this to happen to a beautiful animal. This dog was so brutalized that even if it had lived, I doubt it would have ever recovered emotionally from the despicable experience he/she endured. We have some pretty six people in our society.

  • USCBIKER

    Too many times people get pets lie they’re buying some toy or gadget. When the reality of the responsibility it requires sinks in, they fold like a cheap deck of cards and the animal pays the price.

  • Ron

    Why is there so many sick fuckin people in this world who are allowed to walk the streets??? First off the owner who put this darling puppy on ‘CRAIGSLIST” should be beaten. He is a asshole.
    YOU NEVER put a member of your family on CL. YES, CL is a great paper and I have used it many times BUT under NO circumstances do you put a animal on there.
    PLEASE find the bastards who did this to that lil angel. No human with 4 legs and that’s what dogs are humans with 4 legs, should have to go thru that pain and suffering imagine what went thru that sweet creatures mind? No wait I was just with my family and who is this mean human hurting me so badly? WHY is this being done to me? WHY? I only love those people.
    OH MY GOD IN HEAVEN I’m crying so hard right now. If those murders were in front of me right now I would beat them to death with my bare hands.
    Please Father God help the police to capture the bad people who did this. What kind of devil are these people who perpetrate this type of sadistic behavior on a poor sweet animal.
    May you rot in HELL YOU BASTARDS

  • squirrelmender

    I thought that the dog was PTS as soon as the vet was done examining so how is it that the dog is laying on a nice rug sleeping.? Was this before the exam?

    • Alie Main

      Apparently they fed her and spent some time with her prior to the exam. The autopsy report said she had kibble in her belly from them feeding her at VCA and that she attempted wagging her tail despite all the horrible things she endured. It was after the full exam that they realized she would not be likely to recover due to the horrendous extent of her injuries. I posted a link further down the page in another comment. I clicked on several different links yesterday after seeing a “share” on my news feed. There are a few “shady” things that caught my eye so I was trying to learn as much as I could. I saw at least 4 different photos of her. All were difficult to look at but to look into her eyes was devastating!

      • squirrelmender

        Thanks for the info. I wrote a letter to Rep Ayers in Mass and sent me a long reply back stating his bill would increase fine to 5000 and 5 yrs in jail. That’s a start uh?. I cry so much when I look into her face and eyes and my anger just keeps growing. I’m so glad she’s in a better place now looking down on those of us who care about her and all the other animals. I’m also glad that the original owner is cooperating fully then again she wouldn’t have any reason not too. It’s the boyfriend and girlfriend in my opinion that need to cooperate.

  • ReNay Carr

    Why do things like this happen to such a sweet and innocent creature?
    I can hardly sleep at nite when I think of the abuse this little one endured.
    The world is so full of hate,when will it end? Whoever did this needs to suffer too, an eye for an eye. My prayer is that someone will turn them in and there will be justice. Kiya your suffering will not be forgotten we will be your voice. Please, please keep this story moving, do not stop.
    RIP sweet one.

  • ck65

    I think this needs to be approached in another way.

    I don’t think banning free ads will solve anything. I think education is the answer.

    We can ban free ads on the entire internet and it will solve nothing.

    People must learn to ask for and check vet references.

    Banning free ads will only force people giving away pets to find
    another resource to use. It will increase the number of animals dumped
    and abandoned.

    No amount of money will ensure a good home and loving owner. If we
    don’t use this tragic death to educate, we will lose the battle. :(

    I would rather see CL flooded with posts on how to rehome an animal safely, that might actually make a difference.

    I hope you read this in the spirit it is intended. I am sickened over
    the horrors this baby went through and I want vigilante justice against
    the scum who did it, but we must work on a solution that will help
    prevent this from happening again and IMO that is educating people.

    • Alie Main

      I *♥love♥ your point of view! Excellent insight. I must admit, I posted a couple of Lily’s pups last year BUT before doing so I went into the craigslist forums. There I entered the thread discussing flagged pets and asked the mods & my other peers WHAT would be the best way to go about this, and I told them MY idea of what would be safest for the babies! 2 days later I finally posted my ad and the owners are friends on facebook. I still get to see the babies, get updates, etc. There CAN be good homes found on facebook. As you said the problem is that the people don’t care enough to invest the necessary effort!

      • ck65

        Thank you :)

        I made a page to help educate people.. please feel free to join and share

        https://www.facebook.com/safelyrehomepets

      • Kirsten Sternlieb

        How did Lily have pups?

        • ck65

          Who are you talking to and who is Lily?

    • Susan Thibault

      But craigslist needs to end its animal section because its known as the place to go to get free too good home pets that end up as dog fighting bait and animal torture victims.

      • ck65

        Ending the animal section won’t solve anything. They have banned breeders and sales, but that doesn’t stop people. They post anyway. They post in services or household, etc.

        A lot of rescues post on CL and some rescues have even rescued dogs that were posted on CL.

        • Laura Runyan

          Thanks for adding that detail about the rescues. The issue of Craig’s List isn’t as black-and-white as it might look, and if a person is desperate enough to re-home (also, very often, not as easy as it sounds)…

      • squirrelmender

        I agree b/c even if people put animal ads in another section I do not think that the abusers are going to search every single ad looking for dogs. At least by deleting the animal section it makes it that much more difficult and time consuming for predators who at this point sit and scroll and write down the numbers with no effort at all. I say get rid of that section. Education on how to investigate and adopt is a good idea especially for those who don’t want to or care enough to do the research on their own. With that said how many are even going to thoroughly read and do what is suggested. If the animal is an inconvenience then so is education.

        • Margrett Brown

          What about local newspapers that list free animals? That now scares me too death. On the local news yesterday a dog and a goat were found in large bags. It is crazy. An elderly Mexican man cut the ears of a cat off a couple of months ago. Thank goodness someone reported him and he was arrested. I am going to check and see what his punishment was. The cat was adopted after he was better.

      • ck65

        If you look in other sections, you’ll find a lot of animals.

        Predators don’t need a special section to find their prey.
        If CL removes the animal section people will just find another place to post, either another section on CL or another site completely.

        We can use this tragedy to educate those who are willing to be educated.
        Those who are not willing, are not going to let rules or section removal stop them.

        If CL removes the animal section, rescues will suffer as well. And so will the animals that rescues might have seen and saved from CL.

        This is just my opinion :)

    • Margrett Brown

      Yes education would be great but in this case education would not have helped because Puppy Doe was used to spite the then boyfriend of Laura Hankins. She did not have to list Puppy Doe because Puppy Doe had someplace to go. Lord Jesus every time I think about the suffering of Puppy Doe and all of the abused animals I have read about since coming here I could just scream!!!!

      • theresa milburn

        Please Craiglist do not let people post there animals to many horrible people are just waiting to do terrible things to these precious souls. I have been just sick at heart everyday from reading about the horror this sweet little girl went thru. RIP peace sweet Kia!!! May the person who put you on craigslist and the monster who hurt you burn in hell. I hope they catch this monster before hurts another animal.. To bad when they find you they can’t do all the things you did to that sweet puppy you POS!!!!

  • Ruby

    I can barely handle looking at this beautiful creature who knew nothing but pain his entire life. What sick, useless POS can do this? All people found abusing animals or children should be sterilized – no second chance – stop the madness. I have a better idea – bring them to me, I have a wood chipper – they aren’t worth a shit anyway.

    • Susan Thibault

      He was once owned by a family that spoiled him and loved him until they were forced to rehome him due to breed restrictions in apartment complexes. They rehomed him and then those people put him on craigslist again but whoever took him that time did this to him.

      • Alie Main

        Actually the baby was a “she”, her name was Kiya”. Also, Laura,the owner, was told that she could not have 3 dogs and that she had to get rid of one of them- breed restriction was not involved in this case. She CHOSE Kiya as the goner, then even after being told there was a 2 dog limit she still bred her dog and kept one of the pups! If she had really cared about Kiya she could have used resources (of which there are MANY… I know this for fact because I was in a similar situation a little over a year ago. The difference in MY case is that I cared (care) enough about my furry kids to place an ad in the “free” section reaching out for info on resources to assist me in KEEPING my pooches, or at worst, finding someone with verifiable credentials who would take them in to foster care for a couple months so I could save enough to move someplace that wouldn’t discriminate! WITHIN HOURS I had over 20 emails from people either offering to help me, or giving me lists of organizations in my area who COULD help! Now not only do I have my own place & still have my babies whom I’d rather die for than live without, but I also have 3 feral cats I’ve taken in and try to stay involved in the rescue cause as much as possible! If she truly cared about her boyfriends dogs welfare she would have given her to him/his mom as they’d requested, or reached out for help like I did. All it takes is a true heart- ask and ye shall receive!

        • Alie Main

          To be more accurate than in my previous “novel” (sorry, this topic and those related just burn me up inside & out!)Kiya WAS spoiled by the previous owner- but it was the male owner who showered her with affection- the female/girlfriend is the one who took her jealousy out on poor Kiya & used her to try to hurt the boyfriend by posting her on Craigslist -giving her to someone other than HIM… So sad. I cried for 4 hours straight after reading the original story & while researching the related links-to the point of going through a whole roll of toilet paper from blowing my nose so much & my cheeks are now chapped. I first saw the post at 4pm Monday… my own dogs were crying & climbing all over me because I was so distraught that they thought something was seriously wrong w/ ME (other than the unbearable sorrow). I couldn’t even attempt sleep until about 6am, had nightmares, and gave up on sleep at 8am!

          • CWolf

            I can empathize with you was up until 4am last night! This has struck a serious chord with so many people!

          • Laura Runyan

            I’ll need evidence, not Internet rumors, CWolf, before I’ll be willing to accept such serious accusations made against another person. I’m glad to see others here who feel the same way. After all, much that ends up on the Internet is later shown to be patently false, and these are VERY serious accusations some are making. Where’s the evidence? What one person says about another whom she used to have some sort of relationship with doesn’t qualify as hard evidence–nor should it.

            Thank heavens our system is based on a PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. Let’s hope that most prospective jurors, for all court cases in the U.S., understand that.

          • CWolf

            I am not sure why you mentioned my name in the aforesaid. My only two posts were about implementing a license to own dogs and about how what happened to Puppy Doe is so upsetting.

          • Laura Runyan

            Because the person who said she was up till 4 a.m. (with whom you were emphasizing) is–as was made clear in several other posts–assuming that the original owner is guilty in some way of the abuse that happened to Kiya, though no journalistic reports or prosecutors’ office have presented to the public any evidence that indicates any culpability on her part. As a former journalist, I’m in agreement with some others on this page who have commented on the importance of avoiding making public accusations against someone before any hard evidence has been presented. It’s clear that the others who feel this way are, like me, devastated by this case, but we don’t want to risk maligning someone based on claims made by the mother of an ex-boyfriend, gossip, internet rumors, or other unsubstantiated accusations.

          • CWolf

            Sometimes these forums are not the best for communicating. Let me explain myself. First of all, the only thing the original owner did do was post an ad on CL and Kiya was adopted by a woman in Grafton. My friend Sara contacted the original owner directly. My comment is in regards to feeling so sad about the torture that Kiya sustained. As someone who rescues pit bulls this has greatly affected me and I guess I should have been clearer on what I was being empathic about. I am not interested in accusing anyone of anything. My MO is to bring awareness to people about this breeds history and how they were at one time the most popular dog and represented the U.S.. I want to help relinquish their tarnished reputation and fight for harsher laws for those convicted of animal abuse and hope for better ways to see that these dogs do not get into the hands of the wrong people.
            I am sorry that I have had to make myself clearer but I am very passionate about this breed and Kiya/Puppy Doe has unfortunately been able to get people all over the worlds attention. The vigil on Saturday is a time to grieve to what happened to her along with all the other “pit bulls” who have had the same fate.
            The only prosecution I want to see happen is for the people who tortured her. I think we both are looking at this from maybe two different lenses since you are a journalist and I rescue and try to educate people about this breed.
            Anyway,let’s just focus on going to the vigil and showing our support. I will be the one there wearing the Ban Stupid People Not Dogs shirt.

          • Laura Runyan

            Thanks, CWolf, for your response, and I apologize for not making my comment more clear. I didn’t think, from what I read of your post, that you were participating in any accusations against the first female owner. I was just responding to the general context of some comments that had come before because some of us have been concerned that someone is being “tried” in the social media before any credible or verifiable evidence has been presented against her. I know that animal rescues have found homes through Craig’s List, so I can’t condemn her for that, especially when I don’t know what all of her circumstances were.

            I, too, am opposed to breed-specific laws, or euthanasia policies that are based on a general bias against these breeds (or, rather, this family of breeds or breed mixes).

            I’m no longer a journalist, but my experience in that line of work does make me especially sensitive to the power of what we say about others through the written word.

            I can’t go to the vigil because I live in Iowa, though I’d love to be able to; I lived in Boston till I was seven, when my parents were students, and then we moved to Iowa, where I’m living again, after several years away from the state. I never completely recovered from that move when I was seven; I was homesick for the next six or seven years after we left Massachusetts. We lived in the Back Bay, but that was when the Back Bay was more working class and a student-family haven, before it became one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. I’d love any excuse to visit Boston again.

            I hope there’s a large turnout at the vigil. I’m so glad that this story has gotten the international attention it has, and I hope it has an effect on some state and local laws in MA.

            Thanks for your reply.

          • CWolf

            I will let you know how it goes tomorrow! I have been trying to tell the people in charge of the vigil to please change the dogs allowed rule to no dogs. I feel that dogs will be a distraction and I know there are going to be many pit bull owners there and god forbid there is a fight! I used to live in the Fenway area in the late 90’s before it became luxury condos and miss it very much as well! I moved from there back to my hometown of CT. Hated that and moved back where my husband I were able to purchase an 1874 colonial in Woburn, MA! You will have to make a trip back to see how Boston has changed so much!

          • enne pep

            authorities issued restraining order on cody and he abused it!!!!!!!!!
            Marlborough man charged with violating restraining order
            HUDSON – A Marlborough man was arrested Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. on Summer Street, police said.
            Cody D. Rego, 19, of 18 Church St., Apt. 1, was charged with violating an abuse prevention order, police said.
            http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x83398858/Police-news-for-Friday-May-24-2103

          • ck65

            If you’re quoting a news source it would be helpful to have the link.
            All I’ve seen are comments the ex and his mother have made being reposted as gospel.

            I don’t know the truth yet, it hasn’t been proven.

            Right now what we know as fact is that the BF moved out. His mother did not take his dog in and he left the dog with his ex. He did not move to a place that he could take the dog to, he left the dog with his ex.
            He and his mother have restraining orders against them.
            Laura posted the dog on CL as millions of people do. The dog was rehomed. The dog was abused horribly and had to be PTS.

            We don’t know who the scumbag is that abused the dog.
            We don’t know if it was the person Laura gave the dog to, OR if that person also rehomed the dog and it was the person they rehomed to that committed these heinous acts.

            There are so many possibilities here that until the police have all the facts, it is impossible to know the full truth.

            If we want JUSTICE for Kiya, then we wait for the FACTS and go after the people responsible.
            Show some respect for Kiya and make sure that she gets justice, not rumors and heresay that take the attention away from the monster who is still out there.

          • ck65

            If you’re quoting a news source it would be helpful to have the link.
            All I’ve seen are comments the ex and his mother have made being reposted as gospel.

            I don’t know the truth yet, it hasn’t been proven.

            Right now what we know as fact is that the BF moved out. His mother did not take his dog in and he left the dog with his ex. He did not move to a place that he could take the dog to, he left the dog with his ex.
            He and his mother have restraining orders against them.
            Laura posted the dog on CL as millions of people do. The dog was rehomed. The dog was abused horribly and had to be PTS.

            We don’t know who the scumbag is that abused the dog.
            We don’t know if it was the person Laura gave the dog to, OR if that person also rehomed the dog and it was the person they rehomed to that committed these heinous acts.

            There are so many possibilities here that until the police have all the facts, it is impossible to know the full truth.

            If we want JUSTICE for Kiya, then we wait for the FACTS and go after the people responsible.
            Show some respect for Kiya and make sure that she gets justice, not rumors and heresay that take the attention away from the monster who is still out there.

      • Margrett Brown

        Susan, Puppy Doe was not rehomed because of breed restriction. She did this to spite her then boyfriend. The mother of the boyfriend offered to take Puppy Doe until her son could find a place for Puppy Doe. The mother stated Laura Hankins became upset because the ex-boyfriend loved Puppy Doe and spend a lot of time with Puppy Doe. He did not want a dog but Laura Hankins became the owner of two dogs and then became the owner of Puppy Doe and he fell in love with Puppy Doe. The mother’s article has been copied to this site from f/b.

        • ck65

          Think about what your ex’s mother would say about you…

          We can’t accept her word as fact or we could destroy a good person.
          Wait for the facts from a reliable source, not from some woman none of us knows and who might have reason to lie.

          • Margrett Brown

            Well I’ll let you give Laura Hankins the benefit of the doubt. And since Puppy Doe is dead I think I will believe the mother. Who would you consider a reliable source?? Laura Hankins who put Puppy Doe on C/L and gave her to the first person that came along and says she did not get any information?? I do not know what your ex’s mother would say about you but my ex-husband’s mother loved me and considered me her daughter-in-law until the day she died.

          • ck65

            I would consider the police or a news agency more reliable then someone’s ex’s mother.

            Nice to hear you had a good relationship with your ex’s mother. The majority, do not.

            Laura Hankins rehomed an animal in the wrong way, she didn’t get references and she didn’t take down info, but that doesn’t mean she got rid of the puppy in revenge and it certainly doesn’t mean she intended harm.

            It’s foolish to just believe what someone posted on the internet. Especially in a case like this.

            Perhaps the ex’s mother is saying things against Laura because her son dumped the pup on Laura and never had plans on getting a place that allowed pets.

            We don’t know… there are no proven facts.
            At this point we know the pup was rehomed and that a monster tortured the pup. Those are the only things proven as fact to date.

            I’ll reserve judgement and not spread rumors and ruin someone’s life over gossip.

          • Laura Runyan

            Hear, hear! I agree wholeheartedly with you, ck65. Internet rumors and unfounded accusations are not credible sources of information. I’ll trust a reliable news source or law enforcement over comments on the Internet, where all kinds of falsehoods magically turn into “facts” in the eyes of millions. (Some of those claims are, fortunately, debunked later, though many more of them also should be.)

            -A former reporter

          • Margrett Brown

            Your right. If that is the case lets just discount everything on the internet. Everything we read is hearsay since none of us are there to witness or hear anything mentioned on the internet. Like news agency never lie?? How do you determine what is foolish on the Internet? I’ve known of a few times the police has lied also. So just how do you purpose to know “what is foolish”? Do we just “pick and choose what to believe”?? I have enough intelligence to know that everything on the Internet is not to believed. Just like I know former and current reporters for news agency lie and embellish stories also.

          • ck65

            Use your reasoning powers…
            If you believe that the news agency and reporters embellish stories, what do you think an EX might do?

            I could start a rumor and claim you’re really a friend of the ex, or even the ex himself using a fake name…

            Would you prefer people wait for facts, or spread that all over facebook and the internet? Once spread, do you think the facts will matter?

            We’ve seen it happen again and again online. Rumors take on lives of their own and destroy the lives of real people.
            I’m not willing to destroy someone’s life based on something someone’s EX BF’s mother said.

            You need to stop and think about what these people might gain with lies or what the ulterior motive is.

            This woman did NOT have to come forward and admit she was the one who rehomed the dog, but she did and that speaks in her favor.

            However, the threats, ignorance, and hate this woman has been shown will surely discourage others from coming forward in this case and in others.

            Rather then feed this monster, use your (general not specific person) outrage in a positive manner.

          • Margrett Brown

            Whatever you say!!!

          • ck65

            We do want the same thing you realize?

            Justice for puppy doe. We want the person who tortured the puppy to be held accountable.

            I just don’t believe that spreading rumors will accomplish that.

          • Laura Runyan

            You’re looking at this in black-and-white terms: ck65 never said that news agencies and law enforcement agencies never lie (and they certainly make mistakes), but they can be held accountable for knowingly presenting false information. People on the Internet, especially when they write under “handles,” generally cannot be, and that’s one of many reasons that such rumors can ignite like a wildfire on the Internet; there’s very little accountability. When a journalist lies, on the other hand (and I used to be a reporter), another journalist is in a position to investigate the same story, and the first reporter can be sued and terminated for such dishonesty; when law enforcement lies, the possibility of serious professional and legal sanctions exist.

            I never personally worked with reporters who lied or embellished, and it would have been unthinkable for me to do so in my own stories. Had I, however, suspected another journalist of doing so, I would have investigated the story myself–and you can bet that I would have submitted any inaccuracies or misrepresentations I found for publication in the papers I worked for, and you can bet they would have been published by my editor.

            The question is this: Which sources are MORE reliable? Given the likelihood of serious sanctions for professional misconduct committed by journalists and law enforcement officers, I’ll put my money on their reliability over the reliability of rumors and unsubstantiated claims on the Internet.

          • Jonnie Hawk

            Anyone can file a TRO and sometimes the abusers are the ones who file them. The ex’s mother vs. Laura Hankins is simply a ‘he said, she said’ situation. But what appears to be obvious is that someone should have been arrested by now. Hankins claims she gave Kiya to someone through Craigslist. This correspondence would have required a meeting, probably at least knowing the person’s phone number–at the very least, seeing their face. She claims Kiya was given away through Craigslist by *that* person. She knows enough about this person to be in contact to find out the dog was repurposed, i.e. given away for free yet again. All roads lead to someone, and that they are leading to no one is highly suspect, in my opinion.

          • Jonnie Hawk

            Oops… I actually didn’t meant to post this here as a reply to Laura. I’ll repost down the thread a bit.

          • enne pep

            mother and son had restraining orders on them …..abused that and got arrested again!!! go figure about her now!!!!!!!

          • Margrett Brown

            What does that have to do with Puppy Doe?

  • Alicat

    I hope the piece of **** that did this gets caught or identity disclosed, someone else deals out the punishment. The mother of this piece of scum should have stayed off her back and kept her legs shut or had this evil sack of **** aborted

  • Deborah Ramsey Fitzgerald

    The laws in this country are not strong enough dealing with the monsters that harm innocent animals. If the public pushes this issue, perhaps these miserable excuses for human beings will get the punishment they deserve.

    • carolryder

      That is why this is prime season to get things done-it is election season, time to get on your lawmakers’ tails. I always take it up a notch during election season. I have info on using petitions effectively on http://www.CarolRyderLaw.com (animal lawyer and head of NY PAW)

      • squirrelmender

        I put a link on desktop to your site and will refer to it often as law as always intrigued me and now especially animal law.

  • Skarlj

    Hello again!

    What I said earlier may need clarification? “Cruel and unusual” punishment is something a civil societies do not do, except in egregious murder and the states laws allows the system to put the person to death! Now, that in no way allows the torture of this dog, but it does happen! Many want an eye for an eye scenario to get played out! That is understandable, but is representative of the eye for eye mindset, and unless you want an Islamic sort of system, then use your vote!

    The perpetrator (s) will be found out and I’m quite sure will wish they never did such a thing! And the woman from Grafton should be incarcerated as the most obvious of suspects and remove the threat of a “Flight risk”!

    I used to be a dog breeder of Samoyeds and when doing that I ran across women probably like this woman from Grafton! I can’t say anything specific never having never met her, but like Winston Churchill said that “generalities are generally true”! And generally speaking these women have or always had a falling out from the human relating society and they side their regressive emotional security into the unconditional love of animals! And this woman that brought the dog to her probably didn’t take enough of an active role in seeing that Kiya was taken care of responsibly! And in the hands of emotionally disabled women, like most likely the woman from Grafton, she did something wrong! Quite wrong! The legal authorities, if they haven’t already, are really missing the best opportunity to bring this horrific story to a lawful and conclusive ending!

    Charge her and get her to either admit, or assist in finding the perpetrator (s)! Simple as that! Thank you for reading!

    • Laura Runyan

      I like what you say, but I also want to add that I know many moderate Muslims who also don’t believe in “An Eye for an Eye.” The Muslim countries that adhere to that standard aren’t doing so on the basis of Islam (though any religion can be interpreted or distorted to support such views) but out of cultural traditions, many of which predate Islam.

  • Susan Thibault

    Craigslist is trash. Its the walmart of want ads. Freaks troll craigslist looking for sex and free things to abuse. Here you will find serial killers looking for victims and dog fighters looking for dog fighting bait (any animals will do). PLEASE take out the animals section of craigslist.

  • CWolf

    My husband’s co workers sister was the one that found Kiya and thought she was hit by a car and rushed her to the vets. I believe there needs to be a new rule for dog ownership. I believe people need to get a license by completing an educational course that can cover everything from dog behavior, healthcare to basic training. Education is the key and responsible owners. However, I know that can’t ever happen as look at how people are with driving or owning guns.

    • Kimber Timberline Barber

      Curious as to this approach….. Although I do not advocate invasion of privacy, by any means, but to protect these gifts from God, maybe we do need to stand up and make sure that ‘behind closed doors’ they are given a voice, rights, and are protected by law. We should stand up and be their voice. Bless the woman who found her, and provided her a few minutes of love and shelter from the storm.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/197975237051966/

  • BobbieJ

    I believe humans can be the most despicable & cruelest of all creatures on earth!

    • Kirsten Sternlieb

      And they prove it over, and over and over again.

  • hmldjr

    namo amitabha buddha. May you have good rebirth, kiya.

  • Steven Hulbert

    Worked in law enforcement, current shelter volunteer. The Quincy police don’t have the resources to investigate the perps. Concerned citizens should be able to follow leads to find the suspect(s). Kiya is not the only victim, there are others. The piss ants who did this have no guts, intelligence and should be eliminated from society as this behavior will continue.

    • carolryder

      Right, same here and all over. Plus, the lousy laws often tie the hands of enforcement officers and prosecutors behind their backs. However, it is election season-time to get on your lawmakers’ tails. I have info on how to effectively use petitions on http://www.CarolRyderLaw.com (I do underdog law, incl animal law, and have a NP started, NY PAW, New Yorkers Protecting Animal Welfare. It was called LEGAL TLC, which is what the public knows, but we added missions , such as for veterans/service members with animals, whether PTSD dogs, Service Animals and/or pets, and the acronym doesn’t work now).

  • Danielle

    ck65 you are absolutely right. If we close down CL they will move undergound and we will have a harder time finding the evil persons doing this to innocents. Since we know she comes from CL why can’t we find out who got the dog? And from who?
    This is a tool we must use. Maybe have all live creatures identified with the microchip # held for 1mo. by the giver also the name and phone# kept as well. I would if I was giving away a pet.

    • carolryder

      Very true about keeping this out in the open. I d/k about the chip. I have a lot of animal law info on http://www.CarolRyderLaw.com – I became a lawyer later in life to do underdog law-disabled, older folks, Labor law, foreclosure defense, and animals. It doesn’t include graphic material-that is for the FB page and when I do animal law seminars for law students, esp if a DA is covering part of the subject material. The ones I do for the general public don’t have graphic material-afraid no one would show up. So, even though my license is in NY, and also federal court, the website is still a good place to start to get information on animal law and other legal issues for underdogs.

  • Kirsten Sternlieb

    Posted 33 minutes ago…

    Melodie Peters

    This comes from the mother of the girls x boyfriend. IMPORTANT INFO I RECEIVED!! Hi Mary,
    Laura was my sons girlfriend at the time she re-homed Kiya. they were together for years. My son NEVER wanted dogs but Laura bought a Chihuahua then a min pin. she would have got more but they were living with me!! They moved out on their own and Laura decided to get a pit (she always wanted one ) but living with me and MY pit( that was originally hers….whole other story) That was not an option. My son grew to LOVE Kiya more then anything and spent MANY hours with her at the park after work. Laura hated the fact that he did that.. The landlord then told them BOTH to re-home ONE of their dogs because 3 was too many in the small space. My son was planning on getting his own place with just Kiya but couldn’t find one and realized that it would be hard to ever find one so he decided to give Kiya to a friend. That friend felt bad for Kiya because she would sit at the door and cry. and she wouldn’t eat (separation anxiety??) so My son took her back. We had talked about letting Kiya stay with me for how ever long it took for him to find a place. BUT Laura didn’t want that because she didn’t want my son to have her..He feared that Laura would place Kiya on craigslist so I watched it for him and YES I found her ad and flagged it before anyone could reply.. My son was days away from moving in with me and taking Kiya with him. She placed Kiya on craigslist AGAIN and gave her o the first person who replied while my son was at work. who again days later emailed laura and Laura said for her to find Kiya a good home. so you see. The story she tells in papers is NOT the truth..If she really wanted what was best for Kiya she would be here with us(yes my son left her the day Kiya went) IT is SICK that she is enjoying all the attention over such tragedy.

    Like · · 36 minutes ago

    • Susan Marie Lambert

      Im so very sorry and heartbroken that puppy was beyond precious to be pawned off like that instead of accepting the puppy and makeing her a forever family i wish i could take away kiyas pain and yours

    • enne pep

      you believe all that she says? she’s been found out to have had a restraining order on her by the lady!!!!!!
      8:38 p.m.: Police arrested Emma Marie Rego, 39, of 18 Church Street Apt.
      2 on Church Street on charges of violating an abuse prevention order.
      http://marlborough.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/warrant-arrest-and-a-reported-domestic-disturbance

      • enne pep

        her son get arrested 4 the same thing!!!!!!!!
        Marlborough man charged with violating restraining order
        HUDSON – A Marlborough man was arrested Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. on Summer Street, police said.
        Cody D. Rego, 19, of 18 Church St., Apt. 1, was charged with violating an abuse prevention order, police said.
        http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x83398858/Police-news-for-Friday-May-24-2103

      • Kirsten Sternlieb

        I don’t believe all that she says. I just thought it should be posted here and discussed.

  • Donna S. Brown

    Everyone has an opinion and that is mine!

  • Alie Main

    Hi Arthea :) Even if you don’t live in the Boston area you can help! I’m all the way in Indiana, and I’ve even recruited some of my friends from the UK and Canada to sign the petitions. Just like prayer, there is great power in numbers! We are trying to get as many people as we can to sign the petitions, forward/ share all the links with the news and updates about this tragic case, and also if you are on facebook and don’t mind taking a few minutes out of your day on September 30th? (I’d have to double check that) we have an “event” scheduled in which each of us are going to send an email to the head of Craigslist kindly requesting that they ban “free to good home” ads… However a couple people on here have said (which is a good point) THAT won’t stop the abuse-it will just force people to find a different way to dump their pet. So, I guess what we are TRYING to do here is toss around ideas/ offer suggestions of different tactical techniques to eliminate or at least reduce the number of victims of abuse/neglect/torture, spread awareness of the reality of horrific things that COULD happen if you really MUST rehome your pet and don’t take the time to think your method(s) through carefully while weighing possible consequences, AAAND trying to teach different methods/ exchange resources & post resources on Craigslist for people to see in hopes of giving them an alternative other than CL….

    https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPuppyDoe?ref=profile

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Puppy-Doe/730535090297199?ref=profile

    http://www.examiner.com/article/help-find-the-monsters-who-tortured-puppy-doe

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Craigslist_Stop_advertising_Animals_on_your_website_and_subjecting_them_to_abuse_and_murder/?fbdm

    http://www.examiner.com/article/reward-up-to-15-000-for-information-about-puppy-doe

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Puppy-Doe/730535090297199

  • Kimber Timberline Barber

    I hope it is OK if we post a link here. It is WAY PAST time THAT WE ADVOCATE together for stricter punishments on animal abuse. Please give a voice to these beautiful gifts from God and join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/197975237051966/

    Together we are strong and cannot be ignored.

    • ck65

      I think you should convert to a page rather then group. That way the message you’re wanting to get out there, is the one that is heard the loudest and others can still contribute.

      • Kimber Timberline Barber

        Thank you! It is an open group, but I do welcome and appreciate your opinions :D

        As a group we have the ability to upload documents and pin posts, etc. I wish we could have the best of both worlds, though! lol

  • ck65
  • Kc

    There is a special place in HELL, for those who would do such things to hurt animals!! And I hope they rot there for all of eternity! What is wrong with there sick, sick brains, it makes me ill just thinking of it. We need harsher penalties on animal cruelty. Defend the defenceless for god sakes!!

  • n manatee

    The police in Boston need to start working properly for their paychecks. First the marathon and now this! They only have to read the comments on this new facebook page to see it was the owner Laura. This poor animal had been abused for over a year. We need to pray she never gets near a human child!

    • Tanya Morgan-Zagrodney

      how do you know?

    • Jae Centorino

      If ppl knew this why didnt anyone report it? If i knew of anything animal or human grown or child being abused u betta believe IDGAF im speakin up. Shit don’t sit well with me. I have kids & had a ill parent, animals gohead touch mine.

      • ChopperRN

        Jae Trust me…I’d report my own mother if she was doing something illegal. I would not ever keep my mouth shut. The people that knew this was going on are just as guilty as the abuser.
        I fear that next…this monster will kill a human being.

        • Jae Centorino

          I so agree with you 100% moved from boston – southeastern NC im like 35 minutes from Myrtle Beach Sc here people dispose of pets dogs/cats like its nothing they run the back roads in this hot southern heat people dont care. dogs beautful found dead its hard to call the shelters theyll put them diwn so ppl here take them in n find homes for them. Me and my neighbor took a dog left outside infested with fleas n worms a small board for shelter Dead of night cut the rope he is safe and thriving…oh well we’ll do it again…

    • ChopperRN

      Do you have a link to that facebook page?

  • msellvee

    First of all unless I’ve missed something we do not know that the story the mother is telling is the truth. Very true, ex’s mothers’ might not have good things to say about you. I think that the story AND the girlfriend should be investigated at length until they are SURE who is telling the truth. Second, to the people who mentioned that police officers and officials would tell the truth don’t believe that either. I work in rescue and there is a case in the next county over from us.where the Animal Control Division was taken to court by an animal activist lawyer on behalf of the people of that county. That lawyer won that case for the people but the Chief of Animal Control went on the county website and lied and said that the county won the lawsuit because he didn’t want the people to know that his new rules would not have to be followed. I know this because I have been working with this lawyer for 2 years. The world is full of liars and sometimes they lie for no apparent reason.
    Again, did I miss something because the son and mother were arrested for violating protective orders. What has that got to do with the little dog? I went to a hearing where an ex boyfriend was accused of “possibly going to hurt” his ex so she wanted a protective order against him and it was granted to her. No proof, no past history or anything was required. She just told that to the judge and automatically got it. I have known both parties for years and know that that never did happen and probably never would. My point being you can claim something against another out of spite when there is no evidence or reasons to substantiate the claims. That could be the case here. Maybe the mother and son did nothing and who was the protective order for? The girlfriend? I don’t kow cause I haven’t heard why. A protective order can be violated by simply sending an email or calling the person on the phone. All of this can depend on the judge you go in front of. I’ll tell you what though, if that had been my dog and I knew for a fact that she was responsible she’d be getting a restraining order on me too.
    The one good piece of news I read on here is that someone who wrote a letter to an official in Massachusetts said he got a letter back saying they would push to fine the perpetrator 5,000 and 5 years in jail. I think that is a very good sentence. Now if that fact is true and if that official is telling the truth then that would be great. Maybe other states would get on board and things would start to turn around. Animal abuse needs to be considered as a felony in every state and the punishment should be as for any other type of felonius crime.
    As far as people on here saying that education is the key you are right. Education as far as humane treatment of animals should be taught in early grade school years. Teach it in the schools. Go on field trips to shelters or rescue organizations and show these kids how to treat animals. Periodically teachers should arrange to have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in the classroom and give these kids one on one with the animals and be shown how to give love and compassion to them As far as the no good piece of trash that did this to Kiya he was too far gone to be educated. There’s a difference between ignorance and evil. It wasn’t that this person didn’t know anything about dogs or how to treat them, this person is pure evil and enjoyed what they did to her.

    I really hope this monster is caught and gets in front of a judge that is appalled at what he did and is given all that the law allows for his punishment. For poor little Kiya, please know that all of us on here would have loved you and I hope that you know now that you are loved and we all are not the evil monster that you were given to. RIP little girl.

  • Patty Garet

    I’m so sad this is so depressing I hope she got some love before being put down

    • Gail Gelep

      Yes she was comforted by staff at the VCA animal hospital and then given a last meal (one of the few I’m sure she had recently) before she was put out of all the horrible pain this beautiful girl never should have endured. I do hope they take her ashes and make a permanent memorial some place so she will never be
      forgotten. When my 17 yr old siamese cat died the Vet at VCA (who didn’t even know my cat as I brought her in urgently), she made a paw print with her name on it on a round ceramic disc, painted it blue and white and sent that to me along with a copy of the Rainbow Bridge Poem, and her ashes. I was so thankful.

    • ChopperRN

      Patty, that is what I heard as well. She was rescued by a lady who called her Sweet Pea, and taken to the Vet. She was given love, medication for pain, and food. She knew love in her final hours. I hope they catch the sadistic monster that did this. I’m almost confident he has done this countless times before, and may have also hurt humans or that is his/her next target. This is a very dangerous person. I pray to GOD they get this monster.

  • ck65

    Learn how to safely rehome

    https://www.facebook.com/safelyrehomepets

  • Carissa NO Bsl Davis

    Words are not enough for what i feel for this poor pup, just tears rolling down my face. There are truely sick and evil people out there who shouldnt own any animals.. Hope there caught and gets what is coming to them.. Rip poor doe.. No animal should injure abuse.

  • ChopperRN

    Something is NOT adding up. By now they should have the evil non humans that did this. We keep hearing they are working on it, investigating, etc. How on earth can they NOT know who did this by now

  • Vivien Counsell Mitchell

    This torture could not possibly have been inflicted silently. Someone, somewhere must have heard a dog screaming, crying. Not once, but many times. There will be people who have information but may be unaware of its significance.
    This issue must not fade away. The person or people who did this will do it again, unless they are stopped. Please wrack your brains, people everywhere, not matter how far you are from where she was found. Try to recall if you ever heard noises that could have been this little girl in distress….and listen wherever you are NOW, in case it’s happening again. Be alert, be vigilant, and be an active part of stopping this horror.

  • Tribute for Puppy Doe

    Tribute for “Puppy Doe” Kiya.
    http://youtu.be/yA7b257wUBk

  • Paula

    The abuser of puppy doe has been found, arrested and charged with 11 counts of animal abuse

    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/quincy/2013/10/quincy_police_have_suspect_in_dog_abuse_case.html

    Thank God Now just let me at him! Loser was a home health care aid and the elderly lady he was taking care of died the same day puppy doe was found. This happened here in Boston and no way is ANY ONE going to get away with that here! We will always find you!

    • BUBBLE WHACK

      Im from Canada & I want to rip this guy apart

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