It's been two months since I created this petition, which is now over 350,000 signatures-strong. In that short amount of time, several monumental things have happened. Most notably, Puppy Doe's torturer was arrested and charged with no less than 11 counts of animal cruelty.
In Massachusetts, this means he could face up to 55 years in prison. For those of us close to the case, the day of his arrest was an emotional one. Most notably for the goal of this petition, police confirmed that the suspect did indeed purchase Kiya/PuppyDoe from a Craigslist ad for $40.
In fact, prior to ending up in the hands of this sick individual, she had been re-homed twice on Craigslist. More stories of animal neglect, abuse and torture that started with a Craigslist ad have made headlines. Most recently, an Alabama man admitted to torturing and killing kittens that he bought from Craigslist ads. Clearly, something is very, very broken, and clearly many thousands of us agree and are respectfully asking Craigslist to take a hard look at their pet ad policy.
I'm well aware of Jim Buckmaster's response that was posted on the Craigslist blog back on 9/25 and it's simply not good enough. I have recently reached out to them with a proposal outlining how they can keep the pets section but still hold people accountable by possibly using a paid model. I have the support of other animal welfare advocates, and have two attorneys on board. I will keep everyone posted on our progress.
Meanwhile, please continue to send me examples of suspicious “free to a good home" ads. Suspicious ads are those promoting dog fighting http://www.chicagonow.com/raining-cats-dogs/2013/08/rehoming-pets-on-craigslist/, and pet-flipping http://www.examiner.com/article/craig-s-list-enabling-criminals-to-exploit-and-harm-animals, or any ad where it seems the pet is being abused or neglected.
You can email these examples to firstname.lastname@example.org and stay in touch with me there, too.
If you'd like to contact Craigslist yourself, you can email their PR team at email@example.com
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