Craigslist Cop

Mar. 1, 2012 7 Comments Posted under: My Vox

Junior and Mr. Vox and I like to go to PetSmart and visit their canine adoption center. It’s fun to see the dogs, and we feel like visiting them for a few minutes maybe helps them a little. We hope that when we’re ready to add another dog to the family, we’ll find the right one there.

Since we go every week or so, we’ve gotten to know quite a few of the dogs. One in particular was a favorite of Mr. Vox: she was a three year old female blue-nose pit bull (that means she’s gray/silver in color with a matching nose). Her name was Diamond, and she was just as sweet as she could be. The next time we went back in, Diamond wasn’t there anymore. We asked, and she’d had kennel cough and returned to the Humane Society, but we were assurred she’d be back, since the adoption center is no-kill, so once a dog is in that program, they don’t get put down unless they get a bad disease that can’t be fixed. In the meantime, she did end up getting adopted.

So another thing I like to do is surf Craigslist pet ads and look at the available dogs. As I was looking today, I saw an ad for a pit bull being rehomed and clicked on it. There was a picture of Diamond! The ad said something about how these people just loved their dog, but their new apartment wouldn’t allow pets and they needed to rehome her–they even used the name Diamond! There was a big song and dance about how they paid $350 in adoption fees, but were going to send all the bedding, toys and food they had, plus “lovely Diamond” for just $300. What a bunch of saints. (The actual adoption fee at the center is $75 or less, if the animal has been sponsored by someone.)

There have been rumors of people around here getting free animals on Craigslist and then reselling them or tacking on an exhorbitant “rehoming fee.” I called the adoption center and told the guy there what I suspected was going on. As we were on the phone, he went to Craigslist. I was just saying, “I can’t say for sure that it is Diamond,” when he said to me, “I’m looking at the ad and I can tell you right now, that’s Diamond.” He was going to talk to his supervisor and see if they could get animal control involved to go and take Diamond back, since the adopters are violating the terms of the agreement they have with the Humane Society. I’ll probably call tomorrow and see if there’s been any outcome yet.

What kind of unscruplous sonofabitch would do something like that?! I took the people’s names and phone number out of the ad and started running them through the other listings in the pet section of Craigslist, and I think they’ve done the same thing with a ball python. One poster put up an ad that said something like, “The people who are selling the female ball python traded with me yesterday for this snake. It is actually a male, and I’m sure of this because I hatched it from an egg and bred it later on. I didn’t know they were going to turn around and try to sell it.” There are probably other examples on other classified sites. It seems to me like these people are committing fraud, both against the people/agencies that they are obtaining the animals from, in addition to the folks who are getting the animals and who are being led to believe their rehoming fee is going to just reimburse the people for their expenses.

I have a friend whose husband is an investigator in the county adjacent to us, and he works in the internet crime division of the sheriff’s department. I’m going to ask him if there’s a crime being committed, and maybe he can help me figure out if any action can be taken.

In the meantime, the thought that keeps coming back to me is…what happens to the animals they can’t rehome? Since the pound dogs are micro-chipped, they can’t really take them to the Humane Society. So what’s happening to them? I hope my suspicions aren’t true.

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    Jodi said:

    Mar. 1, 2012

    What I can’t figure out in this story is, if you go to the Humane Society and look at dogs, almost every dog out there is some kind of pit bull cross. How do these people think they’re going to get $300 for a pit bull when you can go to the HS and get one (or 50) for $75? And nobody is taking those. If they were going to buy and sell a dog to try and make a profit, I certainly don’t understand why they would choose a pit bull. Beyond me, but so wrong.

      kate said:

      Mar. 1, 2012

      Jod, I think the idea is that if someone wanted a pitbull for unscrupulous reasons (ie fighting) they couldn’t pass the requirements the shetlers/Humane Society have for adopting a dog, especially a pitbull. These people (the sellers) will, of course, sell this pit to anyone with $300, no questions asked. Absolutely sickening.

      Casey shared this story with me yesterday, and I looked at the pictures of Diamond; she’s adorable. I told C. to get the dog back and drop her off at a certain piece of property on Dry Creek road, tie her to, say, a tent with some food and water. ;)

    Shelly said:

    Mar. 1, 2012

    Are you fucking kidding me? Clearly you are not but I am shocked and completely outraged? What kind of heinous person does this? That person deserves a special place in hell and since I’m pretty sure I’ll be there too, I’d like to reserve myself a spot to torture them handily.

    Motherfuckers.

    I can’t help but think of poor Diamond (and the others) who have been living in good but temporary homes, finally get re-homed and it turns out it’s all some cruel joke? That poor poor baby. I am furious! I hope they can get her back ASAP.

    Grrrrrr, you’ve got me wound up this morning!

    Shelly said:

    Mar. 1, 2012

    Sorry, I am outraged! not outraged? There is no question.

    Mouse said:

    Mar. 1, 2012

    This just makes me sick. Sick. Sick. The lengths people will go to to skim a buck…and at the peril of innocent animals. I hope you get their balls busted!

    T said:

    Mar. 3, 2012

    Go get ‘em. I hope you find a way to deliver justice. They are evil monsters and I hope to god those people never procreate. This world is not big enough for more of their twisted sick greedy loathsome kind. HOW could someone DO that? Twisted sick fucks.

    Updates | Anonyvox said:

    Mar. 5, 2012

    [...] to speed on a few items. This first one I’m a little embarassed about, because it turns out Diamond is not actually the Diamond that we saw at PetSmart a few weeks ago. I called to follow up and see [...]

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