A Puppy Doe petition circulating on Change.org has gained a massive amount of support since it was started earlier today.
The petition, which asks Craigslist to change or remove its pet-adoption section, has already collected more than 30,000 signatures.
If you haven’t heard to story of Puppy Doe you should take a moment to read this article by the Inquisitr’s Kim LaCapria. The story is heart-wrenching, infuriating and has struck a chord with animal lovers around the country.
Facebook pages have been started in honor of the abused dogs, rescue groups have posted monetary rewards for any information about the people responsible for the abuse, and a vigil was held in Boston today to honor the deceased animal.
The most recent development in the aftermath of Puppy Doe’s death has been an appeal to Craigslist to change their pet-adoption policies. The petition on Change.org asks Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist’s CEO, to get rid of its rehoming section in order to keep animal abusers off of the site.
The petition reads:
“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. Craigslist must ban all of these re-homing postings, so it is never again a part of tragedies like what happened to Puppy Doe… These are breathing, feeling, loving animals we’re talking about, not old sofas or televisions.”
Do you think banning “free to a good home” ads would help stop future “puppy doe” cases?
The Boston Herald reports that the 2-year-old pitbull, who was given the name Puppy Doe by police, was put up for adoption by Laura Hankins on Craigslist in May. The dog was taken by a Grafton woman and eventually ended up in the hands of a monster.