Puppy Doe, a defenseless dog that was tortured then left to die in a Quincy, Massachusetts park has the nation’s attention today. According to the Boston Herald on Sept. 24, this Puppy Doe case remains active, but police are keeping their leads under wraps right now. This case has given more ammunition to the move to ban “free pets” from Craigslist, as this poor little puppy started life as a free pet offering on this website.
Puppy Doe’s injuries were too severe to save her after some very sick mind or minds somehow got a hold of this puppy after it was offered on Craigslist for a second time in its young life. The original owner of the dog came forward to say that she purchased this puppy on Craigslist for $200, but eventually her landlord said she had to get rid of the puppy. Laura Hankins said that she and her boyfriend put the puppy back on Craigslist under the “free pet” section, according to the Huffington Post.
The puppy went to a woman who Hankins describes as a lady that “seemed wonderful.” The new owner sent updates on the puppy, but they stopped in July. The practice of giving pets away for free on Craigslist has been linked to abuse and death of animals in the past.
The petition on Via Change.org, which is growing in names by the minute, is asking to put an end to this practice on Craigslist and in doing so it will be considered a “small amount of justice in her name.” (Puppy Doe). The free pets section from Craigslist have been linked in the past to abuse and even death of animals who are given to just about anyone answering the ad. In July of 2012 police in Oregon investigated the claims that animals, which came from the Craigslist ads, were being used for target practice by locals near a shooting range.
Then there was a case where three “swingers” from Arizona were arrested “after using Craigslist to find a golden retriever to allegedly have sex with, according to a Huffington Post article from last year.
In April of 2012 a West Virginia man was sentence to 10-45 years for his serial abuse and killing of animals.
This West Virginia case involved a series of the intentional mutilations, torture, and execution of 29 puppies that he received through classified ads, and Craigslist “free to good home” ads, according to Our Compass in an article from last year. The man's name is Jeffery Nally Jr and he is currently serving that sentence. Hopefully when the person or persons who did these horrific acts to Puppy Doe will see the same type of sentence.
Unfortunately these are not isolated incidents as horrific events involving free pets make the news frequently. Puppy Doe is one of many poor defenseless animals to meet their demise after being given away as a free pet. While this happens through other classified ads as well as Craigslist, the internet giant of classified ads has been spotlighted as one of the main sources in many of these horrific free pets’ gone horribly wrong stories.