BanOhioDogAuctions does not promote or encourage individuals or groups to purchase dogs from auctions or directly from puppy mill breeders. For a great many (and a growing number) of us, initiating efforts to ban the auctions is one way to take away the demand, and we strongly believe introducing legislation similar to that of PA’s statute 459-603 will impact the mills. In our opinion, as long as you have a buyer, there is always a need for the seller.

With that said, BanOhioDogAuctions will continue working with several national animal advocacy groups, as well as the media, to help fund more undercover investigations of puppy mills, dog auctions, pet stores and the entities that support and keep them in business. And of course, supporters will continue pressuring elected state and local officials (includes the Holmes County, OH Commissioners) to also support a ban on dog auctions.

January 17, 2009 Buckeye Dog Auction. Below is a summary of the 380 companions (101 males, 279 females; four kennel dispersals) expected to be placed on the auction block beginning this Saturday at approximately 9:30 AM:

Breed Males Females
1 Bichon Frise 16 45
2 Boston Terrier 0 1
3 Brussels Griffon 0 1
4 Cairn Terrier 4 5
5 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 5 3
6 Chihuahua 2 5
7 Cocker Spaniel 1 24
8 Dachshund 8 18
9 English Bulldog 0 3
10 Lhasa Apso 2 9
11 Maltese 8 7
12 Miniature Dachshund 0 4
13 Miniature Pincher 3 2
14 Miniature Schnauzer 2 9
15 Mixed 0 10
16 Papillon 2 0
17 Pekingese 2 4
18 Pembroke 0 3
19 Pomeranian 2 7
20 Poodle 6 5
21 Pug 1 0
22 Scottish Terrier 3 18
23 Shih Tzu 17 46
24 Silky Terrier 1 3
25 West Highland White 4 17
26 Wheaten Terrier 0 1
27 Yorkshire Terrier 12 29

You may be interested to know that a 2008 report issued by the USDA has confirmed Ohio ranks seventh among the top 10 states with the largest number of USDA Class A licensed “commercial” breeders:

1. MO – 1,525
2. OK – 575
3. IA – 430
4. KS – 401
5. AR – 339
6. PA – 195
7. OH – 168 (a 600% increase in the number of Class A licensed “commercial” breeders just five years ago!)
8. NE – 153
9. TX – 115
10. SD – 102

March 11, 2009 Thorp Dog Auction (Thorp, WI). Be sure to mark your calendars for the next scheduled protest on Wed., March 11, 2009 against the Thorp Dog Auction. For more details on this event (as they are made available), including a list of dogs to be placed on the auction block, please visit http://www.nowisconsinpuppymills.com/calendar.html.

If you would like to share your concerns regarding the Buckeye Dog Auctions, I would encourage you to:

1. Write (or fax) letters to the Holmes County Commissioners (Joe Miller, Ray Feikert and David Hall) asking them to support a ban on OH dog auctions. Emphasize that you will not be spending any dollars in Holmes County until this event no longer takes place in their community!

The contact information is:

2 Court Street, Ste 14
Millersburg, OH 44654-2001
Phone: 330-674-0286
Fax: 330-674-0566
E-mail: hcc@co.holmes.oh.us

2. Ask the same from all your friends (don’t forget to include your vet!), family, co-workers and state elected officials – http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/!

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