DEDHAM (AP) - The trial of a man charged with abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized has been delayed due to a medical issue for an assistant district attorney who was to lead jury selection in the high-profile case.
The trial was set to begin nearly four years after the animal that came to be known as Puppy Doe was found barely alive on a playground.
Radoslaw Czerkawski (RAD’-oh-slaw zehr-KAW’-skee) faces multiple animal cruelty charges in the trial scheduled to start Tuesday in Massachusetts.
The case received widespread attention when the year-old pit bull mix was found in Quincy in 2013 with skull, spine and rib fractures, a stab wound to the right eye and a split tongue. The starving female dog was euthanized.
Czerkawski has pleaded not guilty and suggested youths he saw drinking in a park were responsible for the abuse. His attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message, but previously questioned the DNA evidence.
According to a release, the assistant district attorney is scheduled to have emergency surgery for a detached retina. Trial assignment will now begin on Aug. 7.
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