Dog at a dog auctionDog Auctions are yet another hideous side of the puppy mill industry that too few people know about. Dogs that have lived their lives in cages, dragged out, shaking, scared, sick, dumped on an auction block in a noisy barn or building, being sold to the highest bidder only to be stuck in another cage for more years.

This story is about the Buckeye Dog Auctions in Ohio but there others across the country. The video give you a heartbreaking look at exactly what goes on. Read… watch… learn.

This comes from Please take a moment to read and learn what there atrocities really are. There’s an Auction scheduled, details below the story.

Since 2004, the Buckeye Dog Auction in Holmes County, OH has grown into anything but run-of-the-mill.

Most breeders who participate in this event are raising large numbers of puppies for profit in mills. For those of you who have never heard of a puppy mill, it’s equivalent to solitary confinement for dogs, with living conditions characterized by overcrowding, filth and lack of food, water, adequate shelter and little to no veterinary care. The picture shown above is one such puppy mill represented at this auction.

Fed and bred. That’s it. No walks. No interaction with humans. No dog treats, toys or a soft blanket. Dogs live in the same 2-by-2 foot wire cage for about eight years until their breeding days are done. Rarely, if ever, will they step foot on grass.

It’s a sad life for man’s best friend. And a business managed by a tremendous amount of corruption and consumer fraud.

And the following from Best Friends Network

“It is a hideous scene, reminiscent of slave days. The dogs are so frightened, they have never been outside of their cages before,” says Mary O’Connor-Shaver, a local animal activist and leader with Columbus Top Dogs, a group that sells pet products and donates the profits to the pet rescue community.

“Most, if not all, of the breeders from Holmes and Tuscawarus counties who participate in this event are raising large number of puppies for profit in mills – mass dog breeding establishments with horrendous living conditions characterized by overcrowding, filth, and lack of food, water, and little or no veterinary care,” O’Connor-Shaver says.

Breeder dogs at puppy mills are often crammed into cages for years at a time, without any socialization or exercise. They are bred as frequently as possible, often every six months, until they are no longer useful as breeding stock and are disposed of.

Holmes and Tuscawarus counties are both in Ohio Amish country, and have some of the largest concentrations of puppy mills found anywhere in the United States. According to the Columbus Dog Connection, Holmes County, with a human population of 39,000, issues 470 kennel licenses per year. In contrast, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a well-known puppy mill capital, issued only 300 kennel licenses, and has a human population of 470,000.

“It is a dirty little secret of the Amish community,” O’Connor-Shaver says.

The auction attracts puppy mill operators and puppy brokers from around the country, ranging from small backyard breeders to large companies such as the Hunte Corporation, a Missouri-based puppy broker that is among the largest in the United States. Participants travel from many surrounding states, including some, such as Pennsylvania, where such dog auctions are illegal.

Some dogs sold at the auction will fetch thousands of dollars, others just a couple hundred. Many will die while being transported to puppy brokers or pet stores around the country. Still others, not sold successfully, may be shot by their owners following the auction, according to O’Connor-Shaver.

O’Connor-Shaver encourages people to go to the auction just to see for themselves the horror of the puppy business.

“We encourage people to come if they have never been to this type of event, to truly understand what is causing overcrowding in animal shelters, to see where that puppy in the store window came from,” she says.

She says there is growing outrage in the area at the puppy business, and that local activists are hoping to capitalize upon that to get the same kind attention paid to Ohio puppy mills that is now being paid to the puppy mills in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this year, Ohio state legislators proposed a bill that would impose greater restrictions on puppy mills that are sadly underregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposed law would require every kennel that produces six or more litters per year to meet minimal standards of care. See story here.

O’Connor-Shaver says these measures are a start, but just a start.

“I hope it is a sign that our state is going to become more progressive in regulating what I believe is a form of animal cruelty,” she says. “It is a move in the right direction. I am hoping that it will not only strengthen laws, but that there will be some enforcement. It is so difficult to get the big millers, those in the Amish community, prosecuted.”

Dog Auctions Exposed

The next Buckeye Dog Auction is scheduled:

Sat., 12/15/07

10:00 AM (dogs who will be placed on the auction block will be available for viewing beginning 8:30 AM)

Farmerstown Sale Barn (2807 State Route 557, Baltic, OH 43804)

This sale will include a PA kennel sellout of over 140 dogs (Shih Tzus, Pappions, Pomeranians, Brussels Griffons, Japanese Chins, Shiba Inus and Chihuahuas).

For more information, visit They will update as information comes available.

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