Reporters Thrown Out of Dog Auction, Threatened with Arrest

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Despite the public nature of the event, a producer and videographer working undercover for Channel 3 News were thrown out of an Ohio dog auction last week and threatened with arrest by a Holmes County Sheriff’s deputies if they did not leave the property.

“My question would be, if this is an auction you are so proud of in your county and these are all reputable breeders, why do you have a problem with with videos and audios coming into the auction?” said Mary O’Connor-Shaver, an animal rights activist determined to see dog auctions banned in Ohio.

“The major problem is that these dog auctions here in Holmes County are a major distribution channel for puppy mill breeding in the state of Ohio,” she said.

That assessment appears to be accurate: in fact, more than 450 dogs were auctioned off in a matter of hours.

31 thoughts on “Reporters Thrown Out of Dog Auction, Threatened with Arrest”

  1. I don’t blame them for being ashamed of what they do – puppy mills are horrifically cruel and inhumane and should be shut down permanently.

    ADOPT, don’t shop.

    • Would love to see an end to ALL puppy mills and back yard breeders that only care about profit…. Most of the mama’s and daddy dogs never know any love or affection or even basic health care….makes me so sad and angry

      • And what happens to the breeder animals when they can no longer produce and what kind of life do they have until then?

  2. Kind of amateur to bring anything ostentatious, actually. Send in a team w/ these and you’ll still get the big picture from every angle. Word.

  3. Can’t someone bring in a hidden recorder?? They make them so you can pin on a purse etc….this isn’t good for helping to expose these awful auctions. : (

  4. Right, Cassandra, because they would NEVER edit video in their favor, now would they? The “if they have nothing to hide” routine is bogus considering how many “doctored” videos there are out there.

    They count on you having an emotional reaction – even if the image is faked or has nothing to do with what is being presented for example, the images of sad-eyed puppies in H$U$ commercials – H$U$ operates no shelters and gives less than 1 percent of the money they collect to shelters – so why are they using those kinds of images? Because you react emotionally and start writing a check.

    Absolutely, go after the bad guys – but just because 450 puppies were auctioned off does not make them the bad guys.


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