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.
Meanwhile a misguided petition wants to ban millions of conscientious CL users from rehoming pets, cruelly dooming countless healthy animals to needless euthanization (no-kill shelters are full).
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,” including the local “Bargain Hunter.”
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But direct rehoming via classifieds is a solution, not a problem.
Countless pets find good homes on CL, saved from unnecessary euthanization (most pets entering shelters are destroyed ).
In fact, CL “pets” is a primary tool shelter volunteers themselves use to find homes for dogs and cats they would otherwise have to kill.
We at CL love animals (many of us are vegan or vegetarian) and are proud of the overwhelming good CL “pets” 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 permits a small rehoming fee).