BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – In the wake of the "Puppy Doe" scandal and ensuing petition, Craigslist is addressing those who are blaming the classified advertisements website for the puppy's death, as well as those who asking the site's "Pets" section be taken down.
In a blog post, Craigslist acknowledges the death of "Puppy Doe" (Kiya) saying they were "saddened and horrified" by the news; however, the company says a petition set up on change.org called "Justice for Puppy Doe Tell Craigslist to Help Stop Violence Against Pets" is misleading.
"Based on news coverage, the last owner via craigslist is not a suspect, but we are ready (as always) to assist law enforcement if needed," part of the post reads.
Because the Craigslist owner has been cleared, the company says it is not fair to demand the shutdown of the website's "Pets" section because countless pets that otherwise would have been euthanized have been successfully rehomed via Craigslist.
"We at craigslist love animals and are proud of the overwhelming good that our ‘pets' section does in finding new homes for unwanted animals."
In order to prevent animal abuse and to honor "Puppy Doe," Craigslist suggests pet owners stop overbreeding and says the site may institute a rehoming fee when placing pets.
"Puppy Doe" was found barely alive near a playground and hospital in Quincy on Aug. 31, weighing half of what it should. Veterinarians determined that the dog could not be saved, and she was euthanized.
A fund has been set up in "Puppy Doe's" honor. All proceeds will go to the Animal Rescue League in other animal abuse cases, as well as aid programs devoted to preventing animal neglect and cruelty.
To donate: www.arlboston.kintera.org/puppydoe