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