Praise Vigil for Tortured Puppy


Target: Charlene Arsenault of Pet Rock Fest

Goal: Praise Massachusetts town for holding a vigil in honor of a puppy who was severely tortured

The town of Northborough, Massachusetts will hold a vigil to honor the life of a puppy who was severely tortured and consequently had to be euthanized. The event will also be used to collect donations for local animal shelters and organizations that raise awareness about animal cruelty. Hundreds of people are expected to attend, and the vigil has already garnered national attention. For raising awareness about animal cruelty and turning a tragic incident into a catalyst for change, the town of Northborough deserves our gratitude.

The vigil is being held for Kiya, a puppy whose story made headlines across the nation under the name “puppy doe.” Kiya was abandoned in a park after being severely tortured. Sadly, because her injuries were so extensive, she had to be euthanized.  Authorities solicited the public to help track down her abuser who now faces 11 counts of animal cruelty.

The vigil is being held as part of an annual event called Pet Rock Fest that promotes kindness toward animals and responsible pet ownership. Initially, organizers expected fewer than 100 citizens to attend but the number is now likely to exceed 300. The Northborough police posted a message on their Facebook page saying, “”Due to the egregious nature of the abuse suffered by Kiya and the attendant public outrage, the event, which police were originally told would draw 40-50 participants, is now anticipated to be far larger than originally indicated, drawing several hundred participants at a minimum.” The response on Pet Rock Fest’s Facebook page indicates that the number will easily exceed 300.

State legislators and animal welfare groups will also be in attendance, including State Senator Michael Moore and animal rights lawyer Heidi Webber. A local church, as part of their outreach program, will collect food and supplies for animal shelters.

No animal should be subject to torture. Please take a moment to sign the petition below to thank Northborough and Pet Rock Fest for raising awareness about animal cruelty and showing how much people do care about the welfare of pets and other animals.


Dear Charlene Arsenault,

As part of Pet Rock Fest, Northborough will be holding a vigil in honor of Kiya, the pit bull puppy who was severely tortured and consequently euthanized. The event has already garnered national attention and several hundred people are expected to attend. It will likely be the most attended event honoring the life of a single animal.

Thank you so much for not only keeping the tragic story of Kiya in the public eye, but also for raising awareness about animal cruelty. The more legislators can see just how much people truly care about the welfare of animals, even those that aren’t theirs, the more likely it is that they will take animal cruelty seriously.


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  1. Catherine says:

    These torturers are disgusting and weak individuals. Bless this beautiful puppy!

  2. Michael Guest says:

    Poor animal, that makes me upset. Nobody should ever do that to a puppy or other animal. Get a new law passed to prevent this from happening again. No cruelty.

  3. Jackie Pringle says:

    You are all right , I agree with all of
    you as this must stop if it means
    locking these bastards up for a very
    Long time as they are not only a
    danger to animals but people to.
    Rest in peace sweet puppy and I
    Hope whomever did this is punished
    to the max.
    Jackie M Pringle

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