DEDHAM (CBS/AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts man charged with torturing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized started Tuesday with jury selection — but without the expected protests from animal rights advocates.

Radoslaw Czerkawski faces 11 counts of animal cruelty at his trial in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham in a case that drew national attention and sparked calls for tougher penalties for animal abusers.

Radoslaw Czerkawski in Norfolk Superior Court, March 6, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

The year-old pit female bull mix was found in a Quincy park in 2013 with fractures, a stab wound and a split tongue. The starving dog that came to be known as Puppy Doe had to be euthanized.

Czerkawski has suggested that kids he saw drinking in a park were responsible for the abuse, while a defense attorney previously questioned some of the evidence in the case.

‘Puppy Doe’ was tortured before she was found clinging to life. (Credit: ARL Boston)

The trial initially was scheduled to start in July, but was delayed by a prosecutor’s emergency eye surgery and Czerkawski’s own health problems.

The case drew so much attention that animal rights advocates had promised to hold protests outside court during the trial. That prompted the judge to bar protests within 500 feet of the courthouse and to ban anyone from wearing T-shirts, buttons or anything else that refers to the case in court.

But a planned protest scheduled for Tuesday was called off.

Czerkawski, a Polish national, already is serving prison time for two unrelated larceny convictions, including one for stealing $130,000 from a 95-year-old woman has was hired to care for.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (3)
  1. Hope there will be no more excuses to delay a trial that already took too long to begin. No pity for the torturer please if, on trial day(s), he is not physically fit. Did he express pity for this poor Puppy Doe? So many animals badly treated in hands of humans did not get justice in the past (read Lad of Kentucky story as example). Hope this time this sub-humant will get more than a simple a slap on the wrist.

  2. Joey Pitt says:

    I’d slaughter this idiot .

  3. Nancy Parisi says:

    This slug deserves to be buried in a pile of sh.t with his head sticking out and honey poured all over it. Let the ants and bugs have a party on him. I would pay for red ants, if they could be found. No pity for this evil piece of trash.

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