Puppy Doe: Police Offer $5K Reward For Info Leading To Tortured Pit Bull’s ‘Sadistic’ Killer

By Philip Ross on September 25, 2013 11:13 AM EDT

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Puppy Doe, a young female pit bull, was discovered near a park in Massachusetts after she was brutally tortured. (Photo: Facebook/Justice for “Puppy Do)

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of whoever tortured and killed Puppy Doe, a young pit bull that was given away on Craigslist earlier this year, only to be found starved and mutilated near a park in Massachusetts months later. At the same time, activists call for amendments to be made to Craigslist's "Free pet" ads to hopefully put an end to predators picking up dogs like Puppy Doe for torture.

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Puppy Doe, a young adult female pit bull, white with brown markings, was discovered Aug. 31 near a playground in Quincy, Mass. The dog, which authorities believe was between 1 and 2 years of age, was starved nearly to death, and suffered multiple stab wounds, including to her eye, burns and even had her tongue sliced, according to The Huffington Post.

The dog was so abused, vets first thought the dog had been hit by a car.

"We need anyone who knows who owned and abused this dog to contact authorities," District Attorney Michael Morrissey said, via the Animal Rescue League of Boston. "The injuries cataloged in the post-mortem examination are grotesque and indicate consistent starvation and abuse over an extended period of time.

He added: "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."

According to The Boston Herald, Puppy Doe's original owner, Laura Hankins, came forward to reveal that she and her boyfriend had purchased the puppy last December on Craigslist for $200. But after her landlord told them they couldn't keep the puppy, the couple gave the dog away on Craigslist for free.

After the Boston Animal Rescue League's $5,000 reward offer, the police have received hundreds of tips, even ones from as far away from British Columbia, and are following up on six of them. "The phones have been ringing off the hook," Quincy police Chief Paul F. Keenan told the Herald. "We've had actually calls from dog whisperers and dog psychics. It's gone crazy."

According to Examiner, the practice of giving away free puppies on Craigslist has led to abuse and even deaths of animals in the past. In July 2012, for instance, Oregon police investigated claims that people were using animals sought from Craigslist for target practice near a shooting range. There was also a guy in Virginia who was convicted of being a dog serial killer after he mutilated and killed 29 puppies he gathered off of Craigslist. Then there was also a couple in Arizona who planned to have sex with a golden retriever they found online.

And now, activists are calling for an end to Craigslist's "Free dog" ads. A petition on the website Change.org titled "Justice for Puppy Doe: BAN the rehoming of pets on Craigslist," has over 31,000 signatures. The letter will apparently be sent to Craigslist's CEO Jim Buckmaster.

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