To the Editor,
"Free to good home" is never a good idea when trying to find a new home for your pet.
As a recent case in West Virginia clearly illustrates, pets obtained for free are highly vulnerable to being abused. Jeffrey Nally, Jr. of Hancock County, West Virginia reportedly used classified ads to locate and obtain several dogs.
Ultimately, he allegedly mutilated and sadistically killed 29 dogs, mostly puppies, over a two month period. These dogs suffered tremendously in the hands of this criminal. They were tortured, mutilated and skinned alive.
Newspapers and online services such as can help combat this issue by not accepting "free pet" ads and/or running simple cautionary notices in the "animals" sections of their classifieds. Please help in bringing awareness to this issue and if possible we can avoid the ease in which these innocent animals land in the hands of criminals by prohibiting the ability to post free to good home adds.
Thank you
Marisabel Terry