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If you have lost your pet or found a stray animal, please contact the Cleveland Pets Examiner or Lost & Found Ohio Pets with all of the information. The more information the better! Be sure to include date missing, area last seen, pet’s name – age – breed – and other distinguishing characteristics. Don't forget to provide contact information and a photo.
This week: Craigslist is a danger to lost pets
There are many places on the Internet to network lost or found pets, and Craigslist has become one of the places people turn to. Unfortunately, it has also become perhaps the most common place for people with bad intentions to prey on pets and their owners.
Lost & Found Ohio Pets reports that some of the people who have posted pets on their page and also on Craigslist have told of various unpleasant experiences. There are sadistic people who call to say the pet is dead; there are people who call pretending to be the pet's owner, but when pressed for proof, cannot provide it. There are many people with bad intentions who use Craigslist as a and will say almost anything to claim a pet.
- Some people claim "found" animals only to flip the animal, listing it as “adoptable” for a “a rehoming fee”.
- Bunchers gather free animals on Craigslist via found ads and free-to-good-home ads, and sell the animals to a class B dealer, who in turn sells them to laboratories for experimentation.
- Animal abusers looking for victims will claim found pets or free-to-good-home pets because it is anonymous and there is no accountability or screening process like regular shelters and rescue groups provide.
- Dog fighters claim found animals and “adopt” animals from free-to-good-home ads to use as bait to blood fighting dogs.
- Backyard breeders and puppymillers will answer posts of found animals that are not spayed and neutered and the former family dog will spend the rest of her life as a caged, malnourished, unloved breeding machine.
All of these terrible possibilities can befall a lost pet before their family can find them.
If you have listed an animal as “found” on Craigslist, always ask for proof of ownership from people who claim it is their animal.
Please be sure to view past Lost & Found Friday articles for a host of great tips for finding your lost pet.
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