Why It’s So Difficult to Deal With the Case of Puppy Doe

by Andrea on October 9, 2013

After reading the headline “Justice for Puppy Doe” on Facebook and viewing the accompanying photo of a badly abused pit bull type dog, I assumed it was just another all too typical case of animal abuse that I’ve sadly become accustomed to seeing as a volunteer for a “pit bull” rescue. However, the story of Puppy Doe is an entirely different level of abuse. This case involved weeks, possibly even months of starvation, beatings and torture. It’s the worst case of animal abuse I’ve ever encountered, and it continues to haunt me deeply, even weeks after the dog was found, left for dead in a park in Quincy, MA.

It is extremely difficult for me to come to terms with the cruelty and degree of suffering that Puppy Doe (Kiya) endured. It’s too painful to try to make any sense of it, especially when there’s no happy ending to this story. We don’t get to see Kiya get a second chance at a happy life – no new, loving forever home that could someday make her forget the horrors she experienced. We’re left only to deal with the disturbing images of a helpless pup, alone and scared, in the hands of a depraved psychopath.

When I look at my own two dogs and think about how lucky they are to have such a wonderful, love-filled life and how the people Kiya trusted, failed her so miserably by passing her around for free on Craigslist like an old, unwanted sofa, my heart truly breaks. Even worse, every time I look at them or see a photo of her sweet, beautiful face, I’m constantly reminded of her anguish.

While time may make it easier to cope with the sadness of this tragedy, I hope at the very least it inspires those who are outraged to take some form of action. For example, you can volunteer at a local shelter, foster a homeless dog, donate money or supplies, report animal abuse when you see it or hear about it, or fight for change by demanding tougher punishments for animal abusers and an end to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) which makes it difficult for owners of “pit bulls” and other “dangerous” dogs to rent homes and get home owner’s insurance.

Most importantly, before you get a dog, make sure you are financially prepared and are ready for the major responsibility and commitment involved. According to PittieLove Rescue, a “pit bull” rescue organization operating out of Framingham, MA:

“One of the biggest contributors to the plight of the “pit bull” is a lack of commitment by owners. “Pit bulls” live about 12-14 years. Much can change in your life in that amount of time, so it is important to be sure you are considering your new dog as a member of the family who will be with you through thick and thin.”

A lack of commitment from Kiya’s owner(s) sealed her fate, and true “justice” for the abuse she suffered will not come until those who committed these heinous acts are caught and punished. But, “Justice for Puppy Doe” is a movement, likely to create awareness and to inspire society to be more responsible with their pets and to better protect those who cannot protect themselves.

2012 Photo Contest Winners Are In!

by Andrea on January 20, 2013

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our 3rd annual Pit Bull Holiday Photo Contest! Your donations are extremely generous and help us pay for spay/neuters, vet bills and food for the many dogs at PittieLove Rescue.

All of the photos we received are amazing and we truly thank you ALL again for sharing your beautiful dogs and rescue stories with us.

Thanks again to all who participated and congratulations to the winners!


1st Place:
Deanna Warwick, MA – “Pumpkin”


2nd Place:
Jenny Ford, MA – “Skye”


3rd Place:
Cassandra Murphy, MA – “Bruiser:dog and Kayla:girl”

Fellow PittieLove Rescue Volunteer Courtney O’Connell On Fox 25 News

by Andrea on August 25, 2012

FOX 25′s Maria Stephanos talkswith Boston City Councilor Robert Consalvo and Courtney O’Connell, a volunteer for PittieLove Rescue, about Gov. Patrick’s decision to sign a new animal rights bill into law that would make any city or town ordinance on breed specific rules null and void.  The law has some officials crying foul, but animal lovers, like Pit Bull owners, happy.

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Staten Island pit bull takes a bullet defending his owner

by Andrea on May 19, 2012

Another pit bull hero! To read the full story click here.

Pit bull saves owner from freight train

by Andrea on May 14, 2012

I can’t take credit for coming up with this brilliant thought, but I thought I’d relay these wise words… “Lily wouldn’t have been able to save her owner if she was forced to wear a muzzle because of Breed Specific Legislation?!”

Natural Balance Dog Food Recall

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Please read the link below to make sure the food you are feeding your dogs is not on this list.


Prada the Pit Bull Released from Death Row

by Andrea on April 29, 2012

New Pet Pop Art Prints Available to Purchase

by Andrea on March 21, 2012

This is a Pop Art Print I designed for Laurie of her pit bull Kyla. I donated a custom, framed print at the PittieLove Rescue fundraiser auction last month and Laurie was the winner.

If anyone else is interested in a custom, Pop Art print of their dog please email me (info@thepitandthepug.com). I am still coming up with pricing, but 10% of the proceeds will be donated to PittieLove Rescue and a pug rescue yet to be named (please let me know if you have any suggestions.)

The prints will be offered in 8×11, 11×17 and 13×19 and are printed on professional photo paper. Please check back soon for more information.

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