Columbus Top Dogs/BODA Move to Put Dog Auction Ban on Ohio’s 2012 State Ballot

Ohio has no laws preventing dog auctions. Ohio, according to multiple reports, one from us here, has the third weakest protections for animal welfare of any type in the entire nation…

This HAS to stop. Between dog auctions, puppy mills, and other animal cruelty issues like abuse (i.e. Nitro’s Law), Ohio has been hesitant, to put it mildly, in the Senate at least, to pass any type of animal welfare legislation that stiffens penalties for animal abusers or similar offenders.

Why? No one is quite sure. But what is known is that your help is needed to move along an imperative piece of legislation that could be the starting point of a new outlook by legislators toward animal welfare in Ohio.

Many concerned, fed-up and caring Ohio citizens – from breeders to rescuers to shelter volunteers – firmly believe that dog auctions, which have historic roots in Holmes County, Ohio as well as the central and southcentral parts of the state, serve not reputable breeders but the other kind… those large commercial facilities where dogs are bred to produce as many puppies as possible in conditions ranging from unsanitary to inhumane. In other words, dog auctions are where puppy millers sell and buy their “wares.”

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions (BODA) is spearheading a citizen-backed ballot initiative – “The Ohio Dog Auctions Act.”

Click here to download a copy of the Ohio Dog Auctions Act.

The measure (similar in language to Pennsylvania’s Statute 459-603) will establish a statute to the Ohio Dog Law making it illegal for anyone to auction or raffle a dog in Ohio. It also would prohibit bringing dogs into the state for sale or trade that were acquired by auction or raffle elsewhere.

Voters from all over The Buckeye State are communicating with fellow citizens and are well on the way to completing a goal to gain 120,700 (minimum) signatures by Thursday, December 1, 2011 to place a crucial measure on the November 2012 ballot.


BODA and its supporters need your help to end a major distribution channel that serves puppy mill breeders from 15 states, many of whom have repeated, long standing violations of the Animal Welfare Act (the Federal Law passed in 1966 {and amended several times since}, that provides regulations for research facilities, state and private run shelters and pounds, transportation of animals, and stolen animals) and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty!

Please help the organization, which is the only of its kind in Ohio, reach a critical ‘STRETCH’ GOAL of 140,000 signatures by Dec. 1! (As of October 23, there are over 130,000 signatures from registered voters across 88 counties!) The stretch goal will ensure that any signatures collected that cannot be used for some reason (improper voter registration, etc.) will have “back-ups” that can be counted.

BODA asks that you take a pledge to collect 41 signatures from registered voters (they must be registered voters) – which is ONE completed PETITION. Then, ask three friends to do the same!

Below are the eight (8) counties in which signatures are desperately needed for the 2012 ballot initiative (Ohio Dog Auctions Act) in November.  If you can help, please contact the volunteer team leader listed (below) next to the county!

Wayne (Barbara McK. –

Darke (Garri G. –

Harrison (Barbara McK. –

Delaware (Mary O’C-S. –

Logan (Laurie C-W. –

Sandusky (Barbara McK. –

Hardin ((Laurie C-W. –

Franklin (Mary O’C-S. –

** Volunteer petitioners are needed to make the ballot initiative (Ohio Dog Auctions Act) a reality in Ohio. Remember —the deadline is December 1, 2011! BODA needs participation from as many as possible to make this vital effort a success! **

Click here to download a copy of the Ohio Dog Auctions Act.

♥To receive “Instructions for Collecting Signatures” in support of the Ohio Dog Auctions Act, please email me at

♥To receive the AWESOME Campaign Flyer for our ballot initiative (Ohio Dog Auctions Act), please email me at

Please send any completed petitions you have to:

Mary O’Connor-Shaver

347 Meadow Ash Dr.

Lewis Center, OH 43035

Amish-Run Mill in Holmes County

Here are some other ways that you can help; these are events in which BODA has petition tables set-up:


General Election Day is November 8 – this is a fantastic opportunity to meet and collect signatures from Ohio voters!  Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteer petitioners are permitted to set-up booths 150 feet from precinct polling places as measured from all parts of the building containing the voting place. ** If you are interested in collecting signatures at a nearby precinct on General Election Day, please contact Mary at **


We invite you to join the over 2,000 voices who have become members of our Facebook group, Ohio Voters against Puppy Mills and Dog Auctions. Membership is FREE, and this portal serves as a great vehicle where you can receive timely updates on issues and campaigns addressing Ohio dog auctions, puppy mills and the entities that support and keep them in business.


ACTION NEEDED! For more information on how you can become a member, please click here.

To find your state legislators, click here.

Below, please read to see what has happened over the last month to move this campaign forward:


BODA would like to offer a HUGE thanks to an incredible team of 14 volunteers (Susan D., Barbara McK., Jody B., Diane K., Sandy S., Signe S., Jeanie McD., Zaron V., Linda S., Marilyn T., Jon G., Helene G., Barbara S. and Jack McM.) who did an amazing job collecting signatures from registered voters in 32 different counties! No doubt, your efforts are imperative to the success of this campaign and words cannot convey enough gratitude…

A SPECIAL thanks to members of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau and Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau, who also did an amazing job helping to promote the 2012 ballot initiative during the Show!


HUGE thanks to the 17 supporters from six counties who served as a strong voice for the dogs during the October 8 “Peaceful Rally against Ohio Dog Auctions and Puppy Mills” in Millersburg, OH!

A special thanks to Rachel Lauren of Rachel Lauren Photography who did a fantastic job capturing the essence of our event!  For a look at Rachel’s portfolio, please click here.

Finally, BODA’s founder and, to many, a walking miracle and angel to animals, Mary O’Connor Shaver, is pleased to announce that both the Ohio Secretary of State’s minimum required signature goal and the ‘stretch’ goal for Holmes County!  This is an incredible milestone in the campaign, given that Holmes County, as referenced above, serves as ‘ground zero’ for puppy mill breeding in Ohio!

Mary would also like to thank everyone who serves as a strong voice for the animals!

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3 Responses to “Columbus Top Dogs/BODA Move to Put Dog Auction Ban on Ohio’s 2012 State Ballot”

  1. Joanne says:

    Thank you for posting this. It is SO SO important I live in Ohio and have been seeing on the news lately so many stories about animal abuse. I think the media is starting to cover it more.
    I did not know about BODA but will definitely sign the petition with gusto.


  2. Matilda says:

    Wow, congrats to these people and their leaders. I truly wish you all the best and wish I could do something to help. I will Tweet this and put it on FB. I dont live in Ohio but am very familiar with Nitros Law and the puppy mill problem there. Dog auctions are a new concept — but when I think abot it, it totally makes sense.
    Best to all working on this…

  3. […] Find organization and leadership (if it’s not you). Gather supporters in a structured manner. Pursue this possibility: use different peoples’ skill sets for different things (this is called in-kind donating). For example, I’m a marketing/SEO consultant and copywriter by trade (with a college degree). So I write/design brochures/ads/press releases/blog posts & create marketing ideas, push volunteerism campaigns for rescues & animal welfare-related non-profits. Some of your volunteers may have accounting skills, office skills, administrative skills, phone skills (i.e., patience, etiquette and the willingness to get hung-up on a lot!); others may carry M.B.A’s and care to come in at a higher level. You never know until YOU get out and start motivating the people yourself. Perfect example of fantastic organization working well? The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions. […]

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