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With so many animal shelters, who needs the classifieds?

A vigil was held last month at Pageant Field in Quincy in remembrance of a pit bull that was found tortured.

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A vigil was held last month at Pageant Field in Quincy in remembrance of a pit bull that was found tortured.

RE “ ‘Free’ comes with a price” (Op-ed, Oct. 7): Jennifer Graham’s piece about a puppy given away through Craigslist that was found tortured avoids the obvious solution for unwanted pets. Claiming that people have no other options for disposing of these pets is ridiculous when there are so many animal shelters in the Boston area that will freely accept unwanted animals.

Google “no kill animal shelters Boston,” and a long list of such shelters appears, in addition to the obvious Animal Rescue League and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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There is no excuse for offering living, sensate beings to the general public as “items” the way you might an old couch. The proposal that those using Craigslist to give away pets charge a “re-homing fee” in order to prevent abuse is beside the point in this case.

Carolyn Bishop

Belmont

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