Saturday, September 28, 2013

Craigslist and Animals For Sale Could Result In Animal Torture

NOTE:  This was my comment on the petition below:

Craigslist for cars, electronics or garden tools is great, there is an exchange of products, or services, for money. The motive is clear and transparent. Using CL as a medium to attract a permanent, responsible and loving home for a living creature is not good. There is too much instant gratification, whim & unaccountability. What better place could there be to buy an animal to abuse?

As a registered Non Profit Rescue & Shelter I would never consider using Craigs as a medium, although I know some who have done so successfully. We require adoption applications, home checks, references etc. Most abusers will not participate, tolerate or survive this level of such close scrutiny. 

I believe there should be a strong warning of potential problems before anyone posts an animal on Craigslist. I'm not optimistic that all other rescues exercise such caution.

Toni - There's a new petition taking off on, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

Justice for Puppy Doe: Tell Craigslist to Help Stop Violence Against Pets

By Joyel Ennis
Boston, Massachusetts
This petition will be sent to Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist's CEO. 
On August 31st 2013, a young, small, female dog named ‘Puppy Doe’ was found brutally tortured in a Quincy, Massachusetts park, and we were all left wondering who could let this happen to any animal. The dog’s injuries were so violent and severe that the only humane thing to do was to euthanize her. She had been starved, burned, stabbed, and limbs pulled from her joints in what’s been described as a “medieval’ style torture.
It was later determined that the original owner of the dog had to give her up due to breed restrictions. This owner decided to put the dog, named Kiya, up for adoption on Craigslist. Craigslist is often a go-to source for animal abusers looking for victims because it is anonymous and there is no accountability or screening process like regular shelters and rescue groups provide. I'm asking Craigslist to ban all of these re-homing posts, or only allow registered shelters and rescues to post adoptable pets so it is never again a part of tragedies like what happened to Puppy Doe.
The before and after pictures of "Puppy Doe" speak for themselves. How many more times does this have to happen before Craigslist stops allowing people to give their pets away to strangers without any background checks or accountability? They already prohibit the sale of these animals, so I want them to update their policy to not allow the re-homing of pets by anyone not working for a registered shelter or rescue group that is able to conduct background checks to make sure animals are placed in loving homes.
I'm passionate about this cause because no animal should have to suffer anything close to what 'Puppy Doe' endured.  I grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and remember playing at the playground where Puppy Doe was found. I'm also a passionate dog lover, and mom to a cocker spaniel/dachshund mix named Nugget. I’ve tested the Craigslist platform since this horrendous incident and there are no warnings whatsoever on the ‘Pets’ section about the dangers of posting these re-homing ads. These are breathing, feeling, loving animals we’re talking about, not old sofas or televisions -- we need to challenge Craigslist to do better by adopting a new policy that protects these vulnerable animals.
It's beyond words that this sweet, innocent dog, that once knew love had to suffer this violent, evil fate. If "free to a good home" style pet ads were banned, there would be some justice in Puppy Doe's name knowing that another pet will never suffer such violence as a result of being dumped on Craigslist.
I have been gutted since the moment I heard about Puppy Doe, and recalled hearing about the "dog serial killer" who tortured dogs he collected off of Craigslist last year, along with other countless horror stories. Also, we must not forget the story of the notorious Boston 'Craigslist Killer' murders which led Craigslist to ban the "erotic services" section on their site. 
I believe strongly that this petition is an effective way to make a difference. I will take it as far as it can possibly go to make sure Craigslist updates its policy to not allow any re-homing of animals through its site unless done by proper shelters and rescue groups.
To Puppy Doe: Rest in Peace sweet angel girl, and know that there are thousands of people who love you and are seeking justice.
Please, take a moment out of your day to sign.

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