Ban free-to-good-home ads on Craigslist
Craigslist Pets and “Puppy Doe”
By Jim Buckmaster
We were saddened and horrified to learn of the pain and suffering inflicted on “Puppy Doe” (Kiya) in Massachusetts.
Based on news coverage, the last owner via craigslist is not a suspect, but we are ready (as always) to assist law enforcement if needed.
It misleadingly blames CL for Kiya’s fate, and for the Jeffrey Nally case, where police made clear all victims were found via newspaper ads:
“[Chief Deputy] Murray said Nally gathered dogs by responding to newspaper ads.” ”[Nally's girlfriend] told police Nally had her call people who advertised puppies and kittens in the ‘Bargain Hunter’”
But direct rehoming via classifieds is a solution, not a problem.
In fact, CL “pets” is a primary tool shelter volunteers themselves use to find homes for dogs and cats they might otherwise have to put down.
We at craigslist love animals and are proud of the overwhelming good our “pets” section does in finding them new loving homes.
Let’s honor Kiya by (1) not breeding so many pets, and (2) taking care when a new home must be found (CL recommends a rehoming fee).
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WHOM TO CONTACT
Craig@Craigslist.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
To Whom It Concerns,
She died and went to heaven with kibble in her tummy, resting in the gentle, loving arms of people who cared for her at the Boston vet clinic where she took her last breath. Her name was Kiya. Her previous owner gave her a lot of toys and wonderful blankets to sleep on, but could not keep her so she was re-homed through an ad on Craigslist. According to the unidentified previous owner, she was not allowed to bring Kiya to a new apartment because of breed restrictions.
The rest of her story is beyond the realm of human reasoning.
It’s beyond words that this sweet, innocent dog, who once knew love, had to suffer this violent, evil fate.
How many more times does this have to happen before Craigslist bans ads allowing people to give their pets away to strangers, sadists, and serial killers?
Stop allowing the sale and free-to-good-home for animals . If free-to-good-home pet ads were banned, there would be some justice in Puppy Doe’s name knowing that another pet will never be harmed as a result of being dumped on Craigslist.
Posting on Craigslist, should not have anyone concerned for the safety of animals, yet with recent issues appearing, it seems we must.
Dog fighters, animal abusers, and torturers have been using Craigslist as a means to obtain their victims. Please stop allowing the sale and free-to-good-home for animals
Posting on Craigslist, shouldn’t have any one concerned for the safety of animals, yet with recent issues appearing it seems we must. Dog fighters, animal abusers and torturers have been using Craigslist as a means to obtain animals. Be it from small to large, if it is listed as free or less than a $100 charge, they will adopt/take your animals.
We all do remember Alex Phelps:
He killed 7 cats he obtained off of Craigslist.
Furthermore, just last year in Virginia, a man was convicted of being a dog serial killer after mutilating and killing 29 puppies he collected off Craigslist:
There are more animals being killed, tortured, and victimized as fighting or baiting animals, then there are being saved.
And yet, you and your Craigslist team still continue to allow animals to be posted on your network.
It is about time to end the cruelty and abuse.
Disallow the free or sale of innocent animals on your network.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this urgent appeal.
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for puppy doe, once known as kiya
i was born kiya, a happy pup.
then by my humans i was given up.
to hell i was sent, to suffering and pain,
each day i would wake up to more or the same.
finally i was rescued, too late i was found,
my injuries so grievous i was put down.
so in the name of others, those we may never know,
please work hard so i am the last lost puppy doe
rest in peace, on angels wings. our tears still falling
as angels, sing.
Karen Lyons Kalmenson