On Thursday, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster announced on his blog that although he and his staff were "saddened and horrified" at the egregious animal cruelty case of Quincy's Puppy Doe, he would not scrap the pet section reported the Boston Herald.
A petition by Joyel Ennis of Boston titled Justice for Puppy Doe: Tell Craigslist to Help Stop Violence Against Pets has garnered over 42,000 supporters. The petition states:
"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 Puppy Doe case has gained international interest after a young pit bull named Kiya was repeatedly and brutally tortured in Quincy, Mass. In what is being referred to as the worst case of animal torture ever seen by vice president of animal welfare for the Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarian, Dr. Martha Smith Blackmore stated that X-rays showed:
"too many broken bones to count and terrifyingly, some of her joints that had been dislocated looked as though they'd been pulled apart."
Buckmaster stated he is cooperating fully with authorities but argued that the petition to eliminate the pet section on Craigslist is misleading because it is not the classified ads that are the problem and states:
"Many tens of thousands (millions?) of unwanted pets have been rehomed via CL, many if not most of which would have been euthanized, since there is nowhere near the needed capacity in “no kill” shelters — the Humane Society estimates 3-4 million dogs and cats were euthanized in 2009. In fact, CL “pets” is a (the?) primary tool that shelter volunteers themselves use to find homes for pets they might otherwise have to put down.
“Let’s honor Kiya by (1) not breeding unwanted pets, and (2) taking care when a new home must be found (CL recommends a rehoming fee)."
Buckmaster continues by stating his staff at Craigslist loves animals and that monsters lurk everywhere - not just on Internet sites.
The reward for finding Kiya's tormentor now stands collectively at $21,000. Surely someone must recognize this beautiful dog's face and the egregious torture she had to endure in her very short life. Anyone with information is asked to call 617-745-5774. (Quincy Police)
Kiya deserves justice.
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