Craigslist is a great tool to find items or sell ones you no longer want. You can find just about everything there. Unfortunately, that also includes pets.
These online sites have become like Petfinder for animal abusers and sick minds waiting to prey on unsuspecting people who turn to them to re-home their pet. Often, pets are offered “Free to good home” in hopes of finding someone quickly.
If ever there was a reason not to offer your beloved pet “free to a good home,” the horrifying and heartbreaking story of Puppy Doe in Massachusetts is it.
Puppy Doe, whose real name is believed to be Kiya, was given away for free on Craigslist. She ended up unimaginably tortured while her former owner, who is working with police to find the monster responsible, thought she was being well cared for.
Poor little Kiya suffered agonizing and unspeakable abuse. The vet determined that her pain and injuries were so extensive, that after feeding this emaciated girl her final meal and showing her kindness and compassion, her suffering was humanely ended.
Don’t be tricked into believing you are handing off your pet to a wonderful new home. What you may be doing is handing your pet to someone with no heart or soul who only wants your pet to endure pain – possibly in some sadistic way, or as bait for dog fighting. These evil people even try to deceive you by sending “stagers,” well-dressed families, including women and children, to meet you and your pet.
Dog flippers also get dogs for free online, or steal them from backyards, and then sell them for profit. Some are sold by “bunchers” to research labs for experiments and testing, or if unneutered, are used for breeding, leading to even more overpopulation. Spay and neuter your pets to prevent them from being used for this purpose.
This isn’t always the case, of course. There are good people who will love and care for your pet, but without home visits, vet checks, references, re-homing fee, and future contact with the new owner, how would you know, and why take the chance? Shelters use sites like Craigslist to network homeless animals, but shelters also have a screening process before they release an animal. Most private owners don’t know the correct process for re-homing.
One thing is for certain – “Free to good home” classified ads are how many animal abusers find their next victims. They feed off these sites because they’re not interested in paying for animals – their lives are meaningless to them.
And while you believe your pet is living a better life without you, they may be suffering or already dead.
Please don’t take the chance of having your pet be the next victim. If giving up your pet is the only way – find a better way. After all, if you believe giving them up is what’s best for them, make sure they will be safe.
Your pets trust you to protect them. Honor that trust.
Please sign the petition to end the “free to good home” ads from Craigslist in honor of Puppy Doe, so that we can prevent these monsters from using this as a means to inflict cruelty and suffering on innocent animals.
Anyone with information about Puppy Doe/Kiya is urged to call the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610, email them firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Quincy Police Det. Thomas Pepdjonovich at (617) 745-5774.
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