Animals in Danger on Craigslist.com - Scotts Mills, Marion County Warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour

9 Jul 2012 - Article No: 1585. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour



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Warning!
ANIMALS are in danger on Craigslist.com
PLEASE TAKE ALL "FREE PETS" OFF OF CRAIGSLIST UNTIL THIS PERSON(S) CAN BE STOPPED!
FRIDAY AM, AN ANONYMOUS CALLER CONTACTED A LOCAL VETERNARY CLINIC AND REPORTED THAT THEY WITNESSED A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE (3-4?, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE) AT A REMOTE LOCATION IN SCOTTS MILLS (POSSIBLE NEAR THE CROOKED FINGER ATV AREA?) LETTING ANIMALS OUT OF PET CARRIERS (DOGS AND CATS) AND THEN USING THEM AS TARGET PRACTISE WITH REAL GUNS!
SOME ANIMALS WERE SHOHT AND KILLED, 2 CATS WERE ABLE TO GET AWAY. THE WITNESS WAS TOO DISTROUGHT TO APPROACH THE SHOOTERS, HOWEVER THE WITNESS WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO OVERHEAR THAT THE ANIMALS MAY HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED FROM SEVERAL LOCAL CRAIGSLST ADS BEING GIVEN AWAY AS "FREE TO GOOD HOMES"

A POLICE REPORT HAS BEEN FILED AND IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW HAS ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE PERSON(S) INVOLVED IN THIS GROSS ANIMALS ABUSE PLEASE CONTACT THE MARION CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY
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This image warning is circulating social networking sites, specifically Tumblr and Facebook, warning users to take listings for "free pets" off of CraigsList because there are people using the website to obtain cats and dogs to use as shooting practise in the Scotts Mills vicinity in Marion County, Oregon.

The claims in the message are currently unverified, and since the message has failed to include any details of the witness or any verifiable facts to back up the claims, we currently cannot confirm the message`s authenticity. The Marion County Sheriff department have stated that they do not know if the claims are true but have launched an investigation. Here is their statement, courtesy of Katu.com -


The Marion County Sheriff`s Office has received a number of disturbing calls and emails from concerned residents reporting that domestic animals are being used for target practice in areas of Marion County.
The reports indicate that people who are responding to Craigslist ads offering free domestic animals to good homes, and then using the animals (specifically cats) for target practice.
We are currently trying to determine if these reports are factual. Some reports are quoting Facebook postings and we have heard that there may be photos supporting the behavior.
Our office aggressively investigates all reports of animal neglect or cruelty and we take these reports quite seriously.
We provide three avenues for reporting what you know about these crimes:
•You can call the Marion County Sheriffs Office Tip line at 503.540.8079, and remain anonymous.
•You can directly email whatever information you have to Deputy Mark Ferron at Mferron@co.marion.or.us.
• You can send any photos depicting this behavior or showing the animals reportedly shot, to Deputy Ferron or the Public Information Officer, Don Thomson at dthomson@co.marion.or.us. Thomson may also be contacted at (503) 932.8002.
If these reports are factual, we need your help to stop these attacks and arrest the offenders.


The Marion Country Sheriff Office also stated that they have received a large number of calls regarding the issue though it appears this is a result of the above image being circulated so prolifically across Facebook.
If you have any information regarding the warning then you should contact the Marion County Sheriff office.

Any updates will be included here.

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