Update: Animal advocacy friends in the United Kingdom have requested the addition of a new petition in connection with this important issue. Please take a moment to add your voice to this as well:
Click here to access the petition: “UM Government “Free pets for sale”.
You see the ads all the time in various publications, with the most predominant listings on Craigslist: “Free to good home”. They contain the descriptions of precious animals, many times puppies and kittens. But, for far too many innocent animals, those ads end up with the animals paying a very high price.
On April 6th, the story about Jeffrey Nally, Jr. was published here. Nally had been charged with 29 counts of animal cruelty because of the number of dead animals found on his property. He had gotten all of the animals, mostly puppies and kittens, from the “free to good home” listings on Craigslist. He then used every kind of tool imaginable to torture, mutilate, and then murder these helpless animals.
A Facebook page, “Haylee Haven Horrors”, tells the story about Patricia Hervey, a Texas woman who is alleged to have obtained animals from these ads and then brutally killed them. A pond was located on the property, where it is believed the bodies of numerous animals ended up.
Beyond the individual monsters, far more often illegal dogfighting operators are looking for free puppies and dogs to use in their fighting operations. If the puppy or dog being offered is a Pit Bull breed, those dogs are tested to see if they can be trained to fight. More often than not, they are not fighters or not a bully breed, so they end up as “bait dogs”.
This horrific practice disables the bait dog by filing down or even pulling the dog’s teeth. Sometimes they will duct tape their muzzles shut; anything to prevent them from defending themselves. The fighting dogs are then let loose on this helpless victim, where they will rip the bait dog to pieces and learn how to kill.
If the bait dog is not killed right away, then he/she is taken away to be killed. As in the case of Michael Vick’s dogs, the methods of murder were varied, but all barbaric. They were hung, shot, drowned, electrocuted, or beaten to death. Other times, the bait dogs that are no longer needed are simply thrown out on a back road, where they slowly suffer and die, if they are not found before they perish.
Other underhanded people called “Bunchers” will gather animals from these ads, and then sell them to Class B dealers. These Class B dealers will then sell those animals to laboratories, where painful experiments are conducted on them. Still others will take purebred animals and use them in their puppy mills, where they face a life of being nothing more than neglected breeding machines.
The devious people involved in these types of situations will go to great lengths to make the person advertising the “free” animals believe that all is going to be perfect. They will send families or very clean-cut and nice-looking people, sometimes even with children, to come get the animal, so as not to arouse suspicion. They lead the advertisers to believe that they will love that animal and give them a wonderful forever home. They drive away, hand off the animal to whomever is really taking them, and the nightmare begins for that helpless animal.
While the pictures given here are graphic, the reality is that these animals had to endure this nightmare. This was their reality once they left the home they had known. These animals are helpless to stop what happens to them, and they have no voice to tell anyone that they are being hurt. They have only humans to protect them, and that begins with each and every advocate.
Provided below are several petitions about this issue. Please consider adding your voice to bring about changes to the “free to good home” situation for animals. Also provided is the link to a very informative description at Pet-Abuse.com.
If you are in a situation where you must re-home your animal, or you have a litter of puppies or kittens that you need to find homes for, please do not advertise those precious lives as “free to good home”. Consider doing home inspections, so you can see for yourself where your animal will be living.
The very lives of these animals depend on how vigilant someone is about where they will end up. These animals are helpless to change what is happening to them. They have only love and devotion in their hearts, and they rely on humans to keep them safe.
Please keep all of this in mind if you are ever faced with having to re-home your pets. Remember the faces of the victims shown here, and know that it could be your beloved furry companion animal who ends up in the hands of sick and demented monsters, who have no love in their hearts for animals at all.
The animals are counting on you.
Click here for the latest petition from advocates in the United Kingdom: “Free pets for sale”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Craigslist STOP the animal abuse”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Craigslist.org: MONITOR THE SAFETY OF ANIMALS ON CRAIGSLIST.ORG”.
Click here to sign the petition: “STOP DOG FLIPPING ON CRAIGSLIST NOW!”
Links for additional information:
Click here for the Facebook page: “Prevent Classifieds providing bait dogs” for more information about this issue.
Click here for the pet-abuse.com website information about the perils of “free to good home”.
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