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Few details on Quincy abused-dog investigation

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 8, 2013 03:47 PM

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Officials with the Norfolk District Attorney said the investigation into the abuse and torture of the female pit bull found in Quincy is ongoing, though they cannot release details.

In a press release issued Tuesday, officials said several people have inquired about the progress of the investigation, but releasing such information would only compromise police efforts.

“As with all criminal investigations, we are unable to discuss publically the specifics of this very active and ongoing investigation,” the press release said. “To do so would not only compromise the investigation, but would also violate the ethical rules to which this office is bound.”

Though no new information is coming out of the Attorney General Office, the release said a lot of information has been coming in.

“The information we have received to date from the public has been invaluable in guiding our actions through the course of the investigation,” the release said, referencing the hundreds of calls and tips have come in about the torture of the dog.

“Please be assured that we are following up with each tip received even those that have taken us out of state,” said Paul Keenan, Quincy Police Chief, in the release.

The emaciated dog was found near a Quincy park on Aug. 31, one eye stabbed, brown nose burned, multiple skill fractures visible through red dots on her white and brindle head. Her tongue had been split like a serpent’s, her limbs pulled from their joints, she weighed half what she should have for being one to two years old.

Veterinary experts at the Rescue League who treated the dog said her injuries point to prolonged and intentional torture, one of the worst cases of animal abuse the organization has ever seen.

Despite the time that has passed since finding the dog near death at a Quincy playground, the seriousness of the crime has not diminished in the eyes of the law.

“Please be assured that these three agencies are working in concert to identify and hold accountable the person or persons responsible for the torture of Puppy Doe. 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” said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey in a release.

The animal abuse case has sparked a national outcry against animal abuse, with photos of the injured, malnourished dog eliciting an outpouring of donations to the Animal Rescue League of Boston as well as for a reward to find the dog’s torturer.

The story has sparked the creation of several social media groups, where animal lovers from near and far have posted photos and messages of support. Hundreds even attended a Sept. 28 Quincy vigil in honor of the dog, which had to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.

The case has prompted one person to claim she used to own the dog. However, police have cautioned individuals to not believe every lead they hear, and asked that the public let law enforcement do the investigation unimpeded.

Enforcement officials have also asked for anyone with information to contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Law Enforcement Department, at 617-226-5610, email them at, or call Quincy Police Detective Thomas
Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774.

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