The case involving Puppy Doe (aka Kiya)--the dog found abandoned in Quincy after being acquired on Craigslist and tortured--is a sad reminder that advertising animals online, in classified ads, or on bulletin boards is a recipe for disaster.
Bunchers actively seek out dogs and cats to sell to laboratories, dogfighters are always looking for "bait" animals, and others scour ads for animals to resell at a higher cost (known as "flipping"). PETA routinely hears reports of serial abusers who find their victims through advertisements, including West Virginia's Jeffrey Nally, sentenced last year to 10 to 45 years in prison for killing 29 puppies he obtained through classified ads and "free to good home" ads on Craigslist.
Please, ensure that your animals don't end up like Puppy Doe. If you must part with them, take them to a reputable, open-admission animal shelter that thoroughly screens potential adopters. To learn more, visit www.PETA.org.
MARTIN MERSEREAU, director
Emergency Response Team
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510