In August of this year, a pit bull known as Puppy Doe was found tortured and abused near Boston. She was in such bad shape that she had to be euthanized. She had been beaten, burned, stabbed, starved, and her tongue was even sliced in half.

Puppy Doe had been tortured and starved to the point where she had to be put down. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Puppy Doe had been tortured and starved to the point where she had to be put down. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Since the incident, the perpetrator has still not been found.

Puppy Doe, originally named Kiya, had been given away for free via a posting on Craigslist and now the horrific abuse she suffered has sparked an online campaign demanding that Craigslist change their policy on allowing ads for re-homing pets.

Kiya’s original caretaker, Laura Hankins, has come forward to aid the investigation. She told the Boston Herald:

“The guilt and responsibility I felt — my heart broke. It was my responsibility to find her a good home. The list of things done to her are just so inhuman and so disgusting. She was the sweetest dog.”

Hankins says that she had given the dog away to a woman who lives in Grafton, MA who had responded to the Craigslist ad. The woman told reporters she also gave the dog away but has offered no further detail to reporters.

Craigslist has numerous ads offering pets to a good home. But pet guardians who re-home their pets in this way often do not run background checks, check references, or keep documentation about who is taking their pet home.

Vigils are being held around the country in honor of Kiya. Photo Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston
Vigils are being held around the country in honor of Kiya. Photo Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston

This makes Craigslist an ideal forum for potential animal abusers. Animals given away on Craigslist are also in danger of being placed into dog fighting rings, research facilities, or could wind up being flipped to new (and potentially dangerous) guardians for money.

The investigation continues in search for Puppy Doe’s abuser and a Facebook page is keeping her memory alive, inspiring vigils and support for finding the offender.

The American Rescue League of Boston is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the perpetrator. District Attorney, Michael W. Morrissey, told the Animal Rescue League of Boston:

“It is highly unlikely that this level of sadistic cruelty could be shown to one animal and not be part of a pattern involving other animals or perhaps vulnerable people. We need to find the person who did this and see what else they are doing.” 

TAKE ACTION: Sign the Change.org petition asking Craigslist to change their pet re-homing policy!

— Elana Pisani, exclusive to Global Animal

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