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Vigil for Puppy Doe coming up in Northborough

Posted by boston.com  November 4, 2013 04:20 PM

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Kiya, the tortured pitbull found in Quincy last month, will be remembered in a vigil on Saturday, Nov. 9, when concerned citizens will join in solidarity against animal abusers.

Dubbed Puppy Doe, the young dog was euthanized due to the severity of her injuries. Radoslaw Artur Czerkawski, a Polish immigrant, has since been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty by the Quincy Police Department.

“The purpose of the vigil is to remind people that this kind of cruelty on animals cannot be tolerated,” said Lyn Gorka, a local animal rights advocate, in a press release. “We want to thank the Quincy Police … I want to have this vigil to remind people that this dog died because of the abuse it took from a monster…and to remind people not to give their pets away free or on Craigsist…give to a shelter when in doubt. "

The vigil will be held in collaboration with Pet Rock Fest, Inc., an annual festival promoting kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership, and artist Cathy Staniunus.

Gorka, Staniunus, animal rights lawyer Heidi Webber, Pet Rock Fest representatives and State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) will speak at the event, which will be held at Ellsworth-McAfee Park in Northborough at 4:30 pm.

"We all need to be the voice for our animals because they all depend on us and we need to keep them out of harm’s way,” Gorka said.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at shandana.mufti@globe.com.

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