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Act Against Dog Auctions

Last year, when a controversy was brewing over a new pet shop in the Chicago area, I was sickened by the naive comments of a dog owner. She had purchased her puppy from a pet store. Because her puppy was healthy and well tempered, she didn't understand -- and therefore, did not support -- criticism of pet shops. Her dog was fine, so what was the problem?

For every cute puppy for sale at a pet store, there are tens of thousands of adult dogs who live in commercial kennels. And I use the word "live" very loosely. A dog deserves more than just being "fed and bred." Two years ago, Mary O'Connor-Shaver attended a dog auction and saw firsthand the neglect and suffering of dogs at the hands of puppy mills.

There has been a long-standing controversy among dog rescue volunteers in regards to dog auctions. Some people believe that saving the life of even just one dog at auction is reason enough to go and bid. Others believe that this act, though compassionate, does nothing to increase awareness of the horrors of dog auctions and puts money in the pocket of the puppy millers.

If you want to help stop dog auctions, please go to Animal House and Ban Ohio Dog Auctions. We might not all agree on how best to shut down this deplorable industry, but increasing public awareness of the puppy mill dog's plight is a good first step.

Julia Kamysz Lane

February 28, 2008 in Current Affairs, Health, Humane, Legislation, media, Volunteer | Permalink


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Interesting to know.

Posted by: Rita | Oct 22, 2008 4:15:23 PM

Well I honestly didn't know things like this existed. I don't see how people can committ crimes on such cute animals. It boggles the mind.

Posted by: Dog Kennel Seattle | Aug 14, 2008 2:30:11 PM

I think that many people just don't want to know about the horrors of puppy mills and auctions. It is to upsetting and uncomfortable.

Posted by: Chris Miller | Mar 10, 2008 6:32:29 PM

There are hundreds of local rescue groups
that struggle to find homes for the animals they house, as well as Humane Society organizations across the country who battle with overcrowding. Why not support these organizations?
To see dogs being auctioned like a piece of art is not right. On the flip side, at least some are being saved. It is the puppy mills that are deplorable in the whole situation.

It is frustrating to see animals sold at pet stores like they are a common object.
What kind of training do the employees have in regards to selling animals? Do they screen the customer? Ask for references?

Many recsue groups have intense application procedures to make sure the animal is right for the person and vice versa. There are so many factors to owning a pet, it is not a on-the-fly thing to decide to care for one.

The last thing we need is more pets being placed back in the shelters because of poor decision making.

Posted by: Corgimo Collars | Mar 6, 2008 11:13:05 AM

I agree with tribe. I know of one org that rescues from auctions and I had considered putting my name on their list for a dog somewhere down the line. Why would it be bad to do so?

Posted by: Me | Mar 5, 2008 10:08:03 AM

Perhaps it would be helpful if there was some info posted regarding why auctions are bad. After all, just because Julia Kamysz Lane says so doesn't really provide any justification. Some relevant information might persuade me that in fact auctions are a "deplorable industry." But right now, I'm not sure because I don't know enough.

Posted by: Tribe | Mar 2, 2008 4:00:08 PM

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