Ban Dog Auctions in Ohio

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions has started its campaign to put an end to dog auctions where dogs are brought in from puppy mill style commercial breeding operations and sold.

“The Ohio dog auctions are a symptom of the puppy mill industry,” said Mary O’Connor-Shaver, from the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions.  “The Coalition has witnessed first-hand the atrocious conditions of dogs sold at these auctions. Often living in their own waste, many of these dogs suffer from eye, ear and respiratory infections, parasites and malnutrition.”

The Coalition’s goal is to get over 120,700 signatures from Ohio voters to place a measure on the November 2011 statewide ballot, the Ohio Dog Auctions Act, would make it illegal to auction or raffle dogs in the state, in addition to making it illegal to bring dogs that were acquired from auctions into Ohio to sell or trade, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

So far they’ve collected 7,202 signatures. In order for this issue to come to the voters, they need to reach their minimum goal of 120,700 signatures from at least 44 out of 88 counties in Ohio.

“Individuals who participate in these auctions are USDA licensed commercial breeders who are raising large numbers of dogs and puppies with profit as the primary motive for existence,” said Veronica Dickey, volunteer with Coalition for Animal Concerns. “Many of them are found to be unhealthy, not screened for genetic diseases, do not show resemblance to the breed standard and lack good temperament.  We believe Ohioans do not wish these dog auctions to continue in our state, and we support this ballot initiative which we feel will help protect dogs from inhumane treatment and abuse.”

You can help!

If you’re an Ohio resident, visit the Animal Law Coalition for petitions to download and sign or to distribute. If you don’t live in Ohio but you know someone who does send them the info!

Visit the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions for more information. 

 

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199 comments

Sharon D.
Sharon D7 years ago

punishing the people that participate in these in human acts maybe will put a slow down process to this cruel activity

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Sharon D.
Sharon D7 years ago

its the money that is made by these thrill seekers that keep this awful competition going in there under ground hideaways.

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Elizabeth Mary S.

I live in Australia and we have the same problem.Pet shops are checked regularly by the RSPCA and the owners of the shop must give the Inspectors the names of the puppy farmers then the RSPCA can do a legal raid.

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Michael P.
Michael P7 years ago

Banning the auctions is a first stop to stopping the trade without which the puppy farming will cease. There is no justification for mass producing more dogs when there are enough awaiting re-homing in the animal shelters to meet all the demand for family pets in good homes

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Christina Minar
Christina M7 years ago

stop it everywhere!

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Cara L.
Cara Lannon7 years ago

Not in Ohio but fully support the closure !! Hope you can get them stopped!!!!

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Susan Nellie SF S.
Susan S7 years ago

Sending to Ohio friend - live in USVI - I wish I could sign petition - I'm from Michigan. Maybe I can ??? wishing

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Susan Nellie SF S.
Susan S7 years ago

Sending to friend in Ohio.

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Lilith Graves
Lilith Graves7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Lilith Graves
Lilith Graves7 years ago

Yes to the poll.

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