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. This makes me ill. I used to live in PA and saw how the Mennonite and Amish treated their animals. Bothered me daily. How can people be so cruel and cold hearted?

  2. Why is the Gov not stepping in to close them down???? I don’t think much of some of the Animal Rights groups but where are they when the animals really need them. Yes Where are you PETA, HSUS etc…? Probably out counting the money manipulated from the soft hearts who live in a world of denial.

  3. Can I do the to the Amish? They should be banned and taken to an island and let them live there with NO animals! That would be AWESOME!

  4. Let’s not condemn all the wonderful work many rescue groups do on a daily basis. Unfortunately responsible breeders are categorize on the same level as those breeding farms. Responsible rescue groups do not pay these morons full price. They research and monitor puppy mills who are getting rid of the breeds not making money. Then they rescue and provide all the care necessary to find loving homes.


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