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To Whom It May Concern, I am writing because I just about some of the horrific cases of animal abuse at the hands of deeply disturbed individuals using your website. I am passing this information along to you because there are seriously evil people using your website to obtain animals for free and low re-homing fees. These animals are being tortured, skinned alive and set on fire. Everything from cats, dogs even reptiles and rabbits. I beg of you to please please shut down your animal services links where these animals are being obtained. Very few animals are actually benefiting from your service. Below I have copied some of these horrific cases for you. Thank you! David Stevens ---- Ads in Craigslist’s “pets” section are a magnet for animal abusers, as these cases illustrate:*July *****Escondido, California: reported that authorities had arrested Joshua Boyer on multiple felony counts of cruelty to animals in connection with the alleged torture and killing of cats apparently acquired via Craigslist and animal adoption groups. The arrest reportedly “came a month-and-a-half after several cat carcasses and more chained live cats were found during three searches of his home.” The news story went on to say the following:**Ten deceased cats were found near a locked shed on the property. Boyer was the only one with access to it and told his family to stay away from it, prosecutors said. Inside the shed were firearms, a crossbow with arrows, bats and knives. Several of the weapons had blood or fur on them when they were discovered by investigators. Prosecutors said some of the dead cats had their legs zip-tied to cages, some had metal BB’s and bullet fragments in them, and some were burned. All but one had an empty stomach. Boyer allegedly adopted the cats from Craigslist ads and even took two home from the San Diego Humane Society. Prosecutors said one of the cats he got from the shelter was found dead on the property.**The investigation began after a cat named Leonard, who was allowed to roam outdoors without supervision, went missing. A GPS tracker on his collar led investigators to the property. Leonard was reportedly not found at the property and was believed to be dead. Boyer was facing ** counts of cruelty to animals.**May *****St. Charles County, Missouri: reported that Kaine A. Louzader was facing felony charges of cruelty to animals after he allegedly “killed at least ** cats.” The news source said that according to the prosecuting attorney, “He got the cats and kittens from people who were offering them for sale or for free on Craigslist.” The report also said that according to a county police sergeant, “Louzader admitted scouring Craigslist ads for cats or kittens. He took the felines home, where he stomped on their heads or strangled them in a bathtub or on the patio. After killing the cats, Louzader would dismember some, cutting off their heads or limbs … and then dump them on the streets near his house.” When asked about scratches on his arms, hands, and fingers, he “initially claimed that an elderly woman at the hospital where he worked had scratched him … but the scratches did not appear human.” The report stated that according to the sergeant, “Louzader later admitted that the scratches were from the last cat he killed.” He was “being held in jail on $**,*** bond.”**May *****Las Vegas, Nevada: News* reported that three family members were facing criminal charges after they allegedly responded to internet advertisements to acquire animals who were then resold for profit. They were reportedly facing “** counts, including conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, and cruelty to animals. According to the complaint, the three would allegedly pose as the owners of lost dogs, or take dogs from owners looking to rehome their pets, promising to find them a permanent home.” Prosecutors allege that they would then sell the animals for profit. According to the news report, “They also face charges for neglecting two dogs, one *who* prosecutors say suffered from untreated infections, malnourishment and inappropriate living conditions.”**April *****Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: reported that authorities had charged a man with more than *** counts of felony cruelty to animals after finding more than ** dead animals at his home. The animals included ** chickens, ** ducks, and five rabbits found dead on a porch and in garbage bags in the yard. Many of them had apparently starved to death. According to the news report, the suspect told authorities that he’d acquired them “from people giving them away for free on Craigslist.”**November *****Hollywood, Florida: reported that authorities had charged a man with aggravated cruelty to animals after a pit bull was found badly injured, crying, and stuffed inside a suitcase dumped in an alley. The dog, Ollie, had been beaten and had sustained more than ** stab wounds to his body and head. He was taken to a veterinary hospital but died shortly thereafter. Authorities “found multiple dead animals, including several rats with body parts removed, as well as cat paws” during a search of the suspect’s home. He had allegedly been looking at Craigslist ads “trying to find cats or kittens to kill as sacrifices.” A woman said that she gave him two kittens she had apparently advertised on the site, and she called police when he contacted her a few days later requesting more.**November *****Alamogordo, New Mexico: reported that the man responsible for a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which he killed ** people, had told a friend that he’d acquired dogs through Craigslist ads and killed them for “target practice.”**September *****Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: reported that a woman who had been convicted of cruelty to animals after cutting off a puppy’s ears with scissors was back in custody after violating the conditions of her probation, which included an order “not to own any animals or have contact with animals.” A probation officer reported that she’d received information that the woman had purchased a guinea pig from a pet store and tried to obtain several dogs through ads on Craigslist. She had succeeded in acquiring at least one dog, whom she claimed to have given away. Several other animals she’d acquired couldn’t be accounted for. A later report revealed that she’d been released again on probation with strict conditions, including that she “not own any animals or even have contact with animals whatsoever.”**July *****Watsonville, California: reported that a man had been arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals after a neighbor videotaped him abusing a dog. An investigation apparently revealed that the pup had been acquired free of charge through an ad on Craigslist. The animal was seized and taken to a shelter for medical treatment. No additional details were available.**May *****Lewiston, Maine: reported that a couple had pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals after authorities seized ** animals from their apartment. They also agreed to a lifetime ban on possessing animals, “except for one dog and some aquatic animals.” One of the defendants said that she’d acquired some of the animals through ads on Craigslist. Animals seized by authorities included ** cats, four dogs, and an unspecified number of pigeons, turtles, snakes, chinchillas, and lizards. Some required immediate medical treatment, and one dog was found dead.**April *****Adams County, Colorado: reported that a man had been arrested for violating parole in a cruelty-to-animals case in which he’d been convicted of beating a cat to death with a hammer. During an interrogation, he’d admitted to acquiring cats through Craigslist ads and reportedly said, “If you look on Craigslist, there’s so many people selling cats.” After he was paroled, a woman said that he responded to an ad that she’d placed on the site to find a new home for her cat. She met him at a coffee shop and handed the cat over to the suspect, who she said “seemed like a really awesome guy, like someone I would have been friends with in college.” He then stopped responding to her calls. In a later report, another woman said that her ex-boyfriend had given two cats to the suspect after he responded to an ad placed on Craigslist. The ex-boyfriend told her that “he seemed really nice and the cats were for his daughter.” Authorities contacted the ex-boyfriend after the suspect was back in custody. According to the woman, her ex-boyfriend said that “the person I gave them to was a sick person …. There *were* photos of them bloodied in the backseat of the car still alive.” The suspect told authorities that he’d killed at least eight cats.**November *****Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: reported that authorities had seized more than *** animals, including *** birds (one of whom was dead), ** ferrets (one of whom was ill), ** cats, seven dogs, two geckos, a turtle, a bearded dragon, and a guinea pig from two women, one of whom said that she’d acquired them through Craigslist ads. Conditions in the home were described as “beyond deplorable,” and animals were described as “neglected.” “The stench of animal waste and animal urine *was* overwhelming,” according to a first responder. Ammonia levels in the home were deemed unsafe for humans. The women faced cruelty-to-animals charges as well as a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a **-year-old boy who was also living in the home.**November *****Provo, Utah: Good* reported that a man had been arrested and charged with three counts of felony cruelty to animals in connection with the torture and killing of as many as ** cats. Authorities said that he had been acquiring kittens through online classified ads. One kitten was found apparently set on fire and burning in a gutter. ( reported that the animal was found alive but had to be euthanized.) Neighbors said that they had recently found “desecrated *cat* carcasses” around the neighborhood. A cat was discovered beaten to death, and another reportedly had a rope around his or her neck. Blood spatter was found in the suspect’s car, and a photo of a tortured cat was discovered on his phone.**September *****St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada: reported that three cats who had been given away for free via online ads were tortured and killed by their new owner. He allegedly strangled and punched them, struck one with a mallet, broke the legs of one, and stabbed another in the eye with a knife. He was convicted on a number of cruelty-to-animals charges, resulting in a **-year ban on animal ownership, a six-month jail sentence, a fine, and an order to provide a DNA sample.**August *****Dover, Delaware: reported that a convicted animal abuser had acquired at least five cats via Craigslist ads over a period of ** months and that he couldn’t account for any of them. In ****, he had been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of torturing and killing ** kittens and cats he had “adopted” through newspaper ads. In that case, he admitted to horrific acts of cruelty: “He said he broke their bones. Stomped on them. Threw them against a wall. Let them suffer for minutes or hours. Then he drowned them, the kittens in the toilet, the larger cats in the bathtub.” A later report revealed that the Delaware Attorney General’s Office had launched an investigation into what had happened to the cats he had acquired since his release from prison.**August *****Macon, Georgia: reported that a woman had “adopted” a potbellied pig via a Craigslist ad, apparently intending to kill and eat the animal. She reportedly asked two neighbors to do the killing while she went to purchase a freezer. They shot the animal twice in the side, causing injury. A witness said that the pig was squealing and trying to run away from a man with a rifle and that a pickax was lodged in the back of the screaming animal, who—hours later—was then beaten in the face with poles. Finally, a witness called authorities. A responding officer killed the badly injured animal with two shots to the head. A man identified as one of the people seen beating and shooting the pig was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, according to the local sheriff’s office.**November *****Fargo, North Dakota: reported that a woman had sold her dog through a Craigslist ad to a family that never paid and told her days later that the dog had died after she was hit by a car. The seller said, “Bella is paying for our mistake, I’m sorry, and I don’t want anyone else to have … to go through that.” She contacted the sheriff’s department but was told that it wasn’t a criminal matter.**October *****Loxahatchee, Florida: Local**.com reported that the operator of an illegal slaughterhouse tortured and killed horses purchased through Craigslist ads. Investigators witnessed and videotaped the owner and employees of the facility “selling large amounts of horse meat, violently stabbing pigs in the heart and boiling them alive, slitting throats of goats and rams before hoisting them by their hind legs then skinning them alive, and brutally stomping on ducks, slitting their throats and drowning them in their own blood.” Two men were arrested and faced multiple criminal charges, including “causing cruel death to conservation animals” and “torment, deprivation, mutilation or killing of conservation animals.”***Brian Farrell **News Now***@**BrianFarrell* Smell of smoke still obvious where dog was burned alive. @**NewsNow **View image on Twitter****:** PM - Jun *, *****Twitter Ads info and privacy*** people are talking about this**August *****Virginia Beach, Virginia: reported that a dog who had been given away free of charge on Craigslist was found dead after being tied up and burned alive. A veterinarian who performed a necropsy on the dog’s body reported that the animal, found in a wooded area, had her four feet tied together and was muzzled before someone apparently poured a flammable liquid down her back and set her on fire. The man who had acquired the dog faced a felony cruelty-to-animals charge and misdemeanor charges of giving a false statement to police and dumping a companion animal.**June *****New Bedford, Massachusetts: reported that authorities had found ** dead and neglected animals, many of whom had been acquired through Craigslist ads, in an apartment. About half of them were dead, and the survivors were badly malnourished. They included cats, rabbits, lizards, birds, and an emaciated dog who was found tied to a doorknob, standing in his or her waste. Authorities reported a strong odor of dead animals and hundreds of flies in the apartment, where the floors were covered with animal ***** and cages contained live animals trapped with dead ones. The man and woman who acquired the animals were charged with cruelty to animals, and more charges were being considered.**March *****James City County, Virginia: reported that two kittens who had been acquired through Craigslist ads were the victims of repeated acts of violence. The roommate of the person who acquired the kittens was convicted of cruelty to animals after the kittens were repeatedly taken to a veterinarian for traumatic injuries, including a swollen forehead, eye trauma, dilated pupils, a punctured lung, and fractured ribs. They remained with their owner, and the roommate moved out. The accused received a four-month suspended sentence and was ordered not to have contact with animals.**Murdoch, a kitten available for adoption*February *****Olympia, Washington: reported that a man had been charged with ** counts of cruelty to animals for allegedly starving and torturing animals he had acquired through Craigslist ads. Officers reportedly found more than ** dead guinea pigs, rabbits, and dogs at his property, some in dirty cages and others hanging from walls. When responding to ads on Craigslist, the accused reportedly told people that “he wanted to rescue their pets.” Two dogs, two rabbits, and three rats were found alive and seized.**September *****Kennett, Missouri: reported that authorities had found a starved and neglected dog at the residence of a couple who had acquired him through a Craigslist ad. The dog was seized after he was found chained in the couple’s backyard with only an undersized travel carrier for shelter and stagnant green water to drink. He tested positive for heartworm disease and was described by the responding officer as looking “like a skeleton painted brown.” She said that “in some places, the skin had broken down, and the bones were (showing) through.” The dog remained in the custody of the city, and citations were issued to the couple.****July *****Reno, Nevada: reported that a man had been charged with five felony counts of willful torture of an animal for allegedly killing and dismembering five dogs in a Reno motel. He said that he found the dogs through Craigslist ads and searched for “pets free” in the ads. During a court hearing, people who gave animals to him testified that the accused responded to their Craigslist ads and “seemed like a normal guy.” In a room at the motel, a decapitated dog was found in a bathtub and four dogs’ heads were found in a small refrigerator “along with several bloody knives and scissors.”**July *****Dayton, Ohio: reported that more than a dozen dogs had been seized by authorities after they were found in deplorable conditions, underweight, and suffering from eye infections, skin conditions, and other health issues. A man and woman were charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals. The woman claimed to “rescue” animals and said that she acquired at least one dog through a Craigslist ad.** * Skyhobo**November *****Quincy, Massachusetts: reported that a man had been charged with ** counts of cruelty to animals and one count of misleading police investigators after acquiring a dog from a Craigslist ad who was found three months later lying in the street weighing half her normal bodyweight with broken bones, burns, dislocated joints, a split tongue, and a stabbed eye. Her condition was so severe that she had to be euthanized. The accused paid a couple $** for the dog after responding to a Craigslist ad and claiming to live on a large farm in Connecticut.**October *****Athens, Alabama: reported that a man had been charged with ** counts of cruelty to animals for allegedly torturing and killing kittens he had acquired through Craigslist ads. Investigators discovered a blood-spattered room and dead kittens at his property and were told by the accused that he had a “cat room” where he would throw kittens on the floor, stomp on them, or “wring their necks” because he was “angry at the world.”**Midnight*July *****Houston, Texas: reported that a dog who had been given away through a Craigslist ad was abandoned on a road by her new owner. A woman who witnessed the terrified dog’s dumping was able to have the dog’s microchip traced to a man who had given her away via Craigslist several months earlier. He did not have the new owner’s name, address, or other contact information. The woman who witnessed the abandonment planned to keep the dog.**June *****Ingham County, Michigan: reported that a dog who had been given away through a Craigslist ad was kicked and beaten so badly that he has a permanent limp. A witness to the abuse called a cruelty-to-animals tip line, and authorities were able to find the dog but not the perpetrator. A microchip was traced to the dog’s original owner, who didn’t have any information about the couple to whom the dog was given. The dog was receiving...

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