Man Arrested for Torturing and Killing Cats From Craigslist

A Missouri man has been charged with two felony counts of animal abuse for killing and dismembering at least 12 cats and kittens he found on Craigslist, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to police, deceased cats were found throughout the suspect’s neighborhood since January. The crimes stayed hidden until a man spotted someone dumping a dead cat. After finding a match to the car used during the dump, police arrested Kaine A. Louzader for the heinous crimes. Louzader admitted to police that he obtained cats through Craigslist ads, stomped on their heads and strangled them, according to the Post-Dispatch.

This tragic case serves as an important reminder of the dangers of selling pets online instead of relinquishing them to reputable shelters and rescues.

Although there is little information available on who was selling the cats who were eventually killed, it is possible they were pet owners thinking their animals were going to a loving home.

Instead, these animals were senselessly tortured, likely enduring severe pain and suffering before being killed and discarded outside like garbage.

Animal advocates have long urged the public not to give away their pets online. Cases such as this one are far from isolated incidents.

In 2015, a man was arrested for tying a dog’s legs together, muzzling her and setting her on fire while she was still alive. The man got the dog through a Craigslist ad.

In 2013, a dog known as Puppy Doe was found in a park struggling to survive. The young dog was starved, stabbed and burned, and her tongue had been sliced. Puppy Doe ended up in the hands of her abuser after being passed to multiple owners through Craigslist ads, leading to national calls to ban animal ads on Craigslist.

Pets available on Craigslist make easy targets for animal abusers. Unlike shelters and rescues, which have protocols in place to screen potential adopters, people giving away their pets on Craigslist may not know the right questions to ask. For instance, shelters and rescues usually have standardized application forms and may conduct reference checks or home visits.

Animal abusers also avoid leaving a paper trail by acquiring animals through Craigslist, where they can use fake phone numbers and email addresses instead of signing adoption paperwork at a shelter or rescue. There is no reliable way to monitor the transfer of animal exchanges on Craigslist.

Pet owners may prefer Craigslist over traditional outlets for relinquishing a pet. After all, shelters and rescues may be filled to capacity or euthanize animals due to overcrowding. But putting animals in the hands of an unknown stranger is a dangerous and potentially fatal alternative. Instead, pet owners who want to find their animals new homes on their own should only give them to known friends and family.

Additionally, we must work to eliminate the stigma of giving up a pet, so people do not have to resort to online sales or abandoning their animals.

Both Craigslist and Facebook have attempted to put policies in place to control animal ads. Facebook prohibits the sale of live animals on its website. Craigslist’s policy states pet sales are prohibited but allows “re-homing with [a] small adoption fee.” Clearly, Craigslist’s policy is not enough to prevent brutal acts of animal cruelty.

Supporters of animal ads on Craigslist argue that instances of animal cruelty encompass just a small portion of the animal rehomings through the website. In a blog post, Craigslist defended ads for animals, saying, “Direct rehoming via classifieds is a solution, not a problem. Countless pets find good homes on CL, saved from unnecessary euthanization [sic].”

But even the small chance of placing a pet into the hands of a depraved animal abuser is too high of a risk. We cannot allow animal abusers to find their next victim with a few clicks online.

Take action!

Craigslist must do more to prevent animal abuse by prohibiting all ads that attempt to give away a pet. Join us by signing this petition calling for Craigslist to update its policy on pet ads.

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You‘ll find Care2‘s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

 

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129 comments

Lesa D
Lesa D3 days ago

#162127 petition signed...

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Lesa D
Lesa D3 days ago

thank you Brianna...

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Ildi E
Ildi E27 days ago

Kaine A. Louzader should be going through the same pain and suffering that he has inflicted on those 12 cats. Such a psychopath should be locked away for the rest of his life to prevent further animal cruelty and murder.

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joan silaco
joan silacoabout a month ago

tufs

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Carole Chowen
Carole Chowenabout a month ago

Put him in a cell with men who, whatever their crimes, love animals.

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

I hope that man dies soon. He is useless and we don't need his type

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

Animals are living beings, not inanimate objects. They should not be a commodity.

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

The mere thought is unbearable. If this psychopath had nearly wrapped the remains and carefully disposed of these poor poor animals, then he would still be committing these terrible crimes against animals who are already missing their original family. I hope those families never get another pet. Pets are for life. I hold them responsible too. Shame on them

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dabout a month ago

Craigslist is not completely at fault. If you must give up a pet then take it to a shelter that has a very good reputation. Is that really too much trouble?? Craigslist can do more by monitoring any sale of live animals. Background checks should be required before allowing the sale of the animal.

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Kitty K
Kitty Kaliabout a month ago

I have signed the petition earlier this week. Pets shouldn't be given to just anyone without a minimal background check. Shelters and rescue groups can help not only with adoptions, but also with spaying and neutering the strays.

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