The horrors recently revealed about Kiya, also known as Puppy Doe before her original guardian stepped forward, have brought to light an issue that many advocates have been fighting for years. That is the subject of the "free to good home" advertisements in sites such as Craigslist and others. For the innocent animals, there can many times be a high cost, which can even mean their very lives. A new petition has been started, demanding that Craigslist ban these types of advertisements. The link for this petition is provided at the end of the article.
On April 26, 2012, an article entitled, "The high price of 'free to good home'" was published here. A link for that prior story is given at the end of this article. The sad reality is that many low-life, sadistic monsters scour these ads, looking for dogs or cats to use as "bait" for dogfighting rings, or to train their own dogs to be vicious. In other situations, it is serial-killers-in-the-making who will take these animals in order to practice their sick torture techniques.
These helpless animals are handed over, with the guardians believing they are going to a loving home, when in reality they will suffer horrendous cruelty. Many of them die or, like Kiya, are found after they have been cruelly abused and then thrown away, and are simply too injured to be saved, and must be euthanized.
It appears that Kiya was a victim of something such as this. In an effort to find her a new home, when the woman who should have been her guardian claims she could no longer keep her, she advertised her on Craigslist. What happened to Kiya after that is a story of horrific repeated torture inflicted upon this helpless, innocent little girl.
The injuries that Kiya endured are beyond heartbreaking, and give a classic example of what these animals endure. In her case, it appears she was used for the practice of sadistic torture techniques. The joints of her limbs had been repeatedly pulled apart and were completely dislocated. One of her legs was broken in half. She had shattered cheekbones, along with her tongue being cut in a slit to resemble a snake's tongue. She had something gouged into her right eye. She had been beaten, burned, and starved. She was found in the woods, thrown away like a piece of garbage, and left there to suffer alone and die.
The veterinarian who conducted her necropsy, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, had to step away in the middle of doing it, because she was so sickened by what she was finding. But Kiya is just one of literally thousands of innocent animals who suffer at the hands of human monsters when they find these animals on these websites as "free to good home".
Advocates have been trying to get the administrators of Craigslist to stop allowing these "free to good home" advertisements for animals at their site. When Kiya's case came to light, a new petition was drawn up, and now advocates are being asked to add their voice to this very important cause. There are also other petitions asking for similar action, which also need signatures. Advocates must put as much pressure as possible on the administrators of these sites, in order to make them take notice of this issue and finally act upon it.
The lives of innocent and helpless animals must finally take precedence over income from the traffic to those sites. To accomplish that goal, advocates must speak out whenever possible to help bring about this critical and necessary change. Links to all of the open petitions are provided below, as well as the contact information for Jim Buckmaster, the founder of Craigslist. While there are many petitions, please remember there are far more animals suffering right now who need help, so it is definitely worth the extra time it takes to read and sign any of these that you feel appropriate for you, as well as taking time to call or write a letter directly to Jim Buckmaster, asking that he stop allowing these ads at his national site.
I was contacted by Joyel Ennis, the author of the new petition, asking for assistance in getting it circulated throughout the animal advocacy community. So far, there are over 38,000 signatures. This petition says what is in the heart of so many advocates about this issue. In one passage, she states:
It's beyond words that this sweet, innocent dog, that once knew love had to suffer this violent, evil fate. If "free to a good home" style pet ads were banned, there would be some justice in Puppy Doe's name knowing that another pet will never suffer such violence as a result of being dumped on Craigslist.
Please take a moment to add your voice to this cause. Please speak out for Kiya, and for all the others just like her who are suffering at this very moment. They need your voices to be heard to save them from this fate. They have only the voices of advocates to help them, and they are crying out for help right now.
Will you be their voice?
Primary petition and contact links:
Click here for the contact information for Jim Buckmaster, founder of Craiglist.
Click here for the petition: "Justice for Puppy Doe. Ban the 'free pets category on Craigslist".
Additional open petition links:
Click here for the petition: "Craigslist: Stop advertising Animals on your website and subjecting them to abuse and murder!"
Click here for the petition: "End pet ads on Craigslist."
Click here for the petition: "Stop 'Free Animal' Postings on Craigslist!"
Click here for the petition: "Stop 'free animal' ads on Craigslist".
Click here for the petition: "CRAIGSLIST: Stop allowing the sale or free to good home Ads for animals".
Click here for the petition: " Craigslist: Please STOP the LIVE PET SALES or TRADING of any kind!"
Click here for the April 26, 2012 article: "The high price of 'Free to good home'".
Click here for the September 20, 2013 article: "Help find the monsters who tortured Puppy Doe".
Click here for the September 21, 2013 article: "Reward up to $15,000 for information about Puppy Doe".
Click here for the September 25, 2013 article: "Candlelight vigil scheduled for Saturday for Puppy Doe/Kiya".
Click here for a related story by Last Chance for Animals regarding another case of torture from "free" animals.
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