Owner Of Rescued Pit Bull Puts Ad On Craigslist

 |  Jul 30th 2009  |   14 Contributions


After reading another story about an abused pit bull I'm beginning to think the real bully breed are humans.

This is a rather bizarre and twisted story. Here are the details from The Orange County Register.

MISSION VIEJO - A pit bull puppy stabbed seven times by one of its owners and then saved by a Mission Viejo rescue group earlier this year is for sale on Craigslist.

The ad put up at 10:49 p.m. on Tuesday advertises a bluenose pit bull that is 14 months old.

"Azure is a very lovable Pit Bull," the ad says. "Unfortunately, my living situation is not working for a big dog like her. She is very loving and playful around people, however, I am still working on socializing her with other dogs. She weighs about 70Ibs and is very healthy and needs lots of exercise. I am asking $300 which includes her brand new dog house we just built, leash, harness, chain, whatever food I have left, treats, toys she hasn't chewed up yet, certificates, medicines, ect. She is also spayed and up to date on all of her shots."

The contact person for the ad is listed as "Erin."

Erin Lup of Costa Mesa owns the dog and is the former girlfriend of Justin Carrafield, who is serving time for the stabbing earlier this year.

"I would like to come and visit her every so often and stay updated on her progression," the ad said.

Azure was stabbed at a Mission Viejo apartment that Lup and her former boyfriend shared.

In late January Lup's then-boyfriend, Justin Carrafield, 26, came off a Xanax binge, downed a bottle of alcohol and started fighting with Lup, she said at the time. He choked her and then directed his anger at Azure, stabbing the 8-month-old puppy seven times with a martial arts-style sword, authorities said.

Carrafield is serving a one-year sentence after pleading guilty to felony charges of animal cruelty and cultivating marijuana.

Though Lup had no money for the surgeries, Dr. Matthew Wheaton gave his staff instructions to do everything needed to save Azure. The puppy underwent surgery for the seven stab wounds, including one between its eyes.

Funds for the more than $5,000 in treatment came from Wheaton's Pet Rescue Center - a Mission Viejo nonprofit dedicated to saving strays that would otherwise be euthanized.

Wheaton said he was shocked when a phone call came about the ad on Wednesday from a person who knew the clinic had donated money and time to save the dog.

He called Lup and offered to help find Azure a home through the Pet Rescue Center. He said he told her that if she made it a requirement to see the dog, it would be more difficult to find a stable home.

"I don't think selling the dog on Craigslist is the right way to do it," he said. "She needs to be OK with cutting ties and put the dog in a permanent home. We've had lots of pit bulls come through the Pet Rescue Center and they're always adopted by someone who knows the breed and can provide them a stable and nurturing environment."

The ad has been pulled from Craigslist. Let's just hope that Azure is taken to a safe environment until she gets the loving home she deserves.

* Pic courtesy MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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