Los Angeles Filmmakers To Produce Documentary About Puppy Doe

The case of the tortured dog made national headlines, and led to people calling for stricter animal abuse laws.

Photo via Twitter

Photo via Twitter

Justice for Puppy Doe, the dog left brutally beaten in a Quincy park in October, will continue outside of the courtrooms in the form of a full-length movie.

According to a Facebook page called “Puppy Doe: A Documentary,” filmmakers from Los Angeles are working on a feature that will explore animal abuse laws in the United States, using the case of Puppy Doe as the centerpiece for the project.

The film will be directed by Paulina Kucharski Quaranta, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. According to Quaranta’s website, PuppyDoeFilm.com, she has produced several “experimental and narrative short films,” and was an assistant on set for major movies such as Million Dollar Baby, and Live Free or Die Hard.

Elizabeth Lawrence, an L.A.-based filmmaker who’s been in the industry for 10 years, will produce the movie.

“Animal advocates everywhere demand that justice be brought against the perpetrator of this heinous crime described as the worst case of animal abuse the city of Boston has ever seen,” Quaranta said on the film’s Facebook page, describing the purpose of her project. “As the eyes of an ever-growing community are watching and demanding change, is it time that tolerance for violent crimes against animals comes to an end?”

Since the Puppy Doe had to be put down due to the extent of her injuries, which included burns and broken limbs, state legislators and residents have called for tougher animal abuse laws and penalties. Some people started petitions asking that Craigslist remove the option to buy dogs from the website to avoid similar cases.

The death of Puppy Doe, also known as Kiya, led to an intense police investigation across state lines and the arrest of Poland native Radoslaw Czerkawski, who allegedly bought the dog from a Worcester couple for $40, and later tortured and burned the dog before abandoning her on a playground near where he was living in Quincy.

Czerkawski was arraigned in October and charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and for misleading investigators. Czerkawski pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing in December. He’s being held without bail, and his next court date is on February 11.

Quaranta and her crew made sure they were on scene for all of the action outside of Czerkawski’s hearing in December, and have plans to return next month to get footage for their documentary.

“We were so fortunate to be a part of [a] peaceful protest outside of the Norfolk County Courthouse. Thank you to all involved who were so determined to the cause of animal rights and especially gracious to our crew,” they wrote on their Facebook page following the court appearance last month.

The movie will include interviews with police investigators, protesters, and animal rights activists.

  • Enough is enough

    This is wonderful, so needed awareness of the horrific animal abuse in this country and the pathetic lax laws. If the lawmakers won’t do anything, the people are going to finally demand change!!! I can’t wait for this documentary. It’s a start! Animal abuse is rampant. Andra grace (national exposure also needs to be included in this documentary as well.

  • Jody Firneno

    It lightens my heart to know finally this is getting some national coverage… Sure the naysayers will complain how “if this were a child it wouldn’t get so much attention” which, actually gets more so those people need to stfu. I am grateful that Kiya’s legacy is touching tens of thousands of peoples hearts and the laws may just get harsher when this documentary shows the reality and horror of animal abusers and a “slap on the wrist” from judges. Thank you so much, Kiya, may you know your suffering was not in vain but a turning point for all animals faced with abuse. May you RIP in Gods arms sweet girl.

  • Lance Freedlund

    Globally, animal cruelty is worse than ever, especially in China and the middle east. The only thing we can do about those places is boycott the products they sell. Here, at least, we have the ability to make laws to protect animals from the extremes of abuse.

  • Kim Cardillo

    I’m so very happy that this will be made for all the world to see. Its not only America that this abuse occurs, but all over the world. Innocent animals who have no voice or choice and abused daily. I’m thankful for your choice to bring awareness.

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  • cyndi

    Thank you so much for getting involved and going public! Cruelty to any & all animals needs to be taken seriously and the guilty need to be punished for it. Animals are as human as we are they have feelings too. I will continue to be a voice for the voiceless and stand to change laws in Puppy Doe aka Kiya’s memory, We owe it to her and to every other animal that has been tortured in inhumane ways. R.I.P Angel Puppy Doe aka Kiya♥

  • JJ3

    I am delighted that this story will not fade away … like so many animal abuse cases. I beleive animals have a soul, have a will, and have a purpose thru God, who created them. Perhaps, part of Kyra’s purpose was to shed light on three very important issues raised by her case: 1- the lack of follow-up on animals “free to a good home” adoptions; 2- the plight of millions of pitbulls, like Kyra, who are made homeless because apartment complexes or insurance companies have breed specific rules; 3- the role of animal abuse in the the abuse of spouses or the elderly…. … am I the only one that thinks that Kyra’s torture was intended to intimidate the old lady into giving up control of her accounts to this monster?

  • Tina Hoffman

    When will the movie be out?

  • Deanna Terminiello

    That information is inaccurate. His next court date is this Monday, January 5th at 9am at the Norfolk Superior Court in Deham, MA.
    Our protest will begin at 7am


  • Effie Brown

    We need a “National Animal Abuse Registry!” We need it now!