Auction Block Dogs

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A troubling report from WKRC offers a rare insider perspective on Ohio’s hotly contested dog auctions.

The dogs auctioned come from puppy mills, where dogs spend their lives in cages making puppies to be sold to brokers in pet shops. Those breeding dogs often come from other auctions where dogs are sold to anyone who will pay. Some do not sell. Dogs without buyers are often killed.

And dogs are big business in Ohio. A local breeder sees recent protests as a threat to his way of life. “We don’t want to mistreat animals. We want to use them with respect. If everything is condemned, we ain’t going to have any.” He fears a ban on auctions would burden Ohio farmers.

One rescue group bought five of the dogs at the auction and immediately took them to a veterinarian for exams. The vet found bad teeth, two had serious ear inflections, one had splayed feet and toes from a life spent standing on cage wire, and one had its voice box removed.

Only five other states have more licensed breeders than Ohio, and that number is dwindling as other states toughen animal laws.

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32 thoughts on “Auction Block Dogs”

  1. I desperately long for a day when puppy mills are outlawed everywhere.
    I find it so hard to understand that they aren`t already with all the unwanted dogs in shelters.

  2. I agree 100% . Tougher laws are not going to really get at the root of the problem. However, the beauty of this is, we have control as individual citizens simply by the choices we make when choosing where to adopt or buy our next puppy. Selecting a pup from a caring, reputable breeder can have a major affect toward shutting down these inhumane practices. No sales, no business. It is as simple as that. If your desire is strictly a purebred, there are so many responsible breeders who would love for their puppy buyers to see the parents and housing that there is no need to buy from a pet shop. I can’t imagine not meeting the breeder of a puppy. Not only will you know the health of your new pup and discourage puppy mills but, good breeders want updates from their buyers and become a lifelong support system on your dog and breed. That is a win-win for breeder and buyer. Believe it, GOOD breeders want to know that ALL their puppies will have a loving life long home. If everyone planned for that new pup and avoided the urge to purchase that pet shop pup then eventually those puppy mill breeders would go out of business. It completely irks me that puppy mills treat dogs like manufacturing plants as though they had no sense of pain or loneliness. I don’t really care if they go out of business. No sympathy here.

  3. Man, this makes me furious! Worst people in the world, who need to be held accountable for their criminal actions!

  4. This makes me weep. In my research after adopting Marshall I have learned that the Amish are the most brutal of all puppy mills. Their large barns hold thousands of dogs and most often their vocal chords are damaged to keep down the noise. The Amish believe in their religion that animals have no souls, therefore are not worthy of humane treatment. I live with the effects of this cruelty each day as I see Marshall overcome his enormous and difficult hurdles. The dogs not sold are not humanely euthanized. They are usually taken out and beaten with a metal bat until they are dead. Some run over them with their vehicles. None meet a peaceful end.

  5. Alot of the Amish are HUGE puppy millers! Disgusting indeed! PA is full of them among other States, very very very sad 🙁

  6. The Amish are the worse for cruelty to animals. I lived in Lancaster PA. PA is known as one of the puppy mill States as well as Ohio. Unfortunately puppy mills are everywhere. I can’t believe that after all these years the USDA have not shut them down. There’s so much proof. I’m wondering what monetary benefits USDA inspectors are enjoying.


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