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Man arrested in New Britain; faces 11 animal cruelty charges

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The following photo of Radoslaw Czerkaswski was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of Radoslaw Czerkaswski was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A man faces dozens of animal cruelty charges stemming from a case of dog abuse in Massachusetts and was extradited from Connecticut Monday.

A pit bull mix puppy known as Puppy Doe was found starving to death on a playground in Qunicy, MA, last month.

Puppy Doe was burned, stabbed and starved to the point where she weighed half of what she should've and beaten to the point where she could barely walk.

The animal was abused so badly that the dog had to be euthanized.

"It's all kinds of injuries," said Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore of Animal Rescue League. "It's a sick mind that can do this to an animal."

Radoslaw Czerkaswski, 32, was arrested on Oct. 23 at the La Quinta Hotel, which is located at 65 Columbus Blvd. Police said Czerkaswski is being considered a fugitive from justice.

Czerkaswski, who has no last known address, faced a judge at New Britain Superior Court Monday afternoon. The judge decided that Czerkaswski will be extradited to Massachusetts.

Eyewitness News captured video of a car being searched at the La Quinta Hotel and then towed from the hotel parking lot.

During a press conference in Quincy, police said Czerkaswski was charged with 11 animal cruelty charges and could face five years in prison if convicted. Czerkaswski bought the dog online, investigators said.

Puppy Doe's plight was made public last month and ever since, people from around the nation have been looking for justice. More than 60,000 people have subscribed to a Facebook page in the dog's honor, where tips and links to donations have been flowing in.

The page has helped raise $35,000.

Many of the people commenting on the Facebook page said they want justice for Puppy Doe.

"It's horrible. There's no excuse for it," said  Bob Shea, who is a dog lover. "Whoever did it, I don't care if it's the owner or some other nut, put him in jail and throw the key away."

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