Ohio Dog Auctions Event: Please Attend to Support Ohio Dog Auctions Ballot Initiative

Whether you live in Ohio or not, if you consider yourself an animal welfare advocate then you probably know about Ohio animal welfare groups’ undying support to get a ban passed on dog auctions, cruel activities that give more money to puppy millers and “over-breeders,” and that, in turn, worsen the major homeless/rescue pet overpopulation problem. In addition, it’s suspected that some of these dogs bought at auction end up as test animals in laboratories across the country…

Dogs in tiny cages in “Auction Row”

Since 2004, Ohio Dog Auctions have grown into anything but “run of the mill.” Breeders who participate in these auctions are raising HUGE numbers of dogs/puppies with profit as their primary motive of existence. Many of the animals are unhealthy, abused, not screened for genetic disease, lack good temperament and show NO resemblance to the real breed.

Run by one of the most well-known animal advocates in the state – Mary O’Conner Shaver – the event is being held to get additional signatures on The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions, an:

Initiated Statute (Ballot Initiative) to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

Ohio has no laws preventing dog auctions. (And is WAY behind in other animal welfare legislation as well including penalties for animal cruelty and FINALLY passing a puppy mill bill.)

Many concerned citizens firmly believe the auctions serve not reputable breeders but large commercial facilities where dogs are bred to produce as many puppies as possible in conditions ranging from unsanitary to inhumane.

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is spearheading a new, citizen-backed ballot initiative – The Ohio Dog Auctions Act.

The auctions usually sell smaller breeds, but every now and then will have one or two larger dogs as well. (Click here for a video on Ohio dog auctions.)

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 across the state are communicating with their fellow citizens and starting to gather a goal of a minimum of 120,700 signatures by December 1, 2010 to put the proposed law before the Legislature in January 2011.

Volunteer petitioners are needed to make this initiative a reality in Ohio —we have until December 1, 2010!  We need everyone’s participation to make this vital effort a success! GET READY TO SERVE AS A STRONG VOICE FOR THESE POOR VOICELESS PUPS AND STUD DOGS at a peaceful rally and signature-gathering event…

** SO PLEASE COME to the event for Ohioans this Saturday, August 21st from 10 am to 2 pm at the Holmes County Fairgrounds **

The more signatures we can gather, the better!

Remember that many farmers and dog fanciers, hobby and show-breeders will also be attending — and they SUPPORT the Act.

OUR MAIN FOCUS IS TO THE OHIO DOG AUCTIONS ACT AND relationships there to puppy mills, and pet homelessness. If you’d like to download signs to bring, you can find them on www.BanOhioDogAuctions.com. (Per the Holmes County Sheriff, remember we must be 6 feet off the roadside.)

Peaceful Child “Rallier” at Previous BODA Event

Also, over 100 Harley riders from across Ohio are scheduled to join us in support of our efforts to raise awareness of the dog auctions problem and the Act. Their route includes a visit past the Fairgrounds and the Livestock Auction Barn where the real auction takes place.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Julie from Operation Warm and Cozy, at 330-364-7190.

You can also support the coalition by clicking on this sentence to sign the petition at Care2’s Petition Site.

There’s a list of related media coverage/releases further down the page here.

For more information about the event visit http://www.ColumbusTopDogs.com.


11 Responses to “Ohio Dog Auctions Event: Please Attend to Support Ohio Dog Auctions Ballot Initiative”

  1. Thanks for getting the word out. While we and our local rescue don’t support buying puppy mill pups, we have fostered several that have been ransomed by individuals and turned over to us to train and re-home. If you could only be here with us when a scared puppy mill dog arrives from the auction. They are beyond tramatized, it takes months of work to make them function like a dog again. After a life in a cage, the big wide world is a scarey place to them for a long time. When they finally come out of their fear, they can adjust to the good life. But it is a horrible start. We see so many puppy mill dogs that end up in shelters because people do not understand how hard it is to help them find a life out of a cage.

    Mogley G. Retriever

    • JL Smith says:

      Mogley and family — four paws up to you for fostering these poor pups. My sister – about a year – fostered Basset Hounds and the first one she got was a former mill stud. He was a MESS and TERRIFIED of everything. He didnt know what a toy was, or how to climb stairs.
      Thank you for all you do for the animals out there in Colorado ( I think that’s where you live…)
      You are SO correct in your last sentence — it takes so much work and time and patience to train a puppy mill dog.

      Love you Mogley and fam,
      JL Smith
      (and Benson and Sasha)

  2. Julis says:

    So important that you let us Ohioans know about this. I think you should become the state’s official animal welfare blogger, dead serious.
    Its no wonder you work with Bisselland HSUS, and are nominated and featured on Blog Catalog – this blog is serious and dedicated the the cause of caring for and saving animals.

    Rocky River, OH

  3. miles says:

    With so many dogs of my own that ive saved over the years, the same exact battle has been going on in this state. WE JUST CANNOT FIND A BALLSY ENOUGH SEN OR REP TO TAKE OUR CASE TO THE HIGHER UPPERS. They dont care — its so sad.

    And by the way, although Im a new reader, I just real through this whole category and also thing you should become Ohio;s Official Animal Welfare Blogger!!!

    Miles J. D. Flooer

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  5. Leyla says:

    This is a great idea for a peaceful event to raise awareness. WE need something like this in Missouri where most of my family lives. The mills there are HORRIBLE and they’re EVERYWHERE…

    Good story, I will Tweet even though I cant go and dont live near you.

    My kudos to your friends who arrange all this.

  6. I think this is a great idea – I live in the UK but I try to keep up with events and news about animals worldwide, so – keep up the good work.

  7. Joan says:

    Unbelievable that this still goes on in today’s day and age – what is wrong with these people? A poor excuse for a human being if you ask me.

    Keep up all your good work – I love your blog – its amazing.

  8. John Mattar says:

    How can people who participate in this stuff live with themselves?

    It makes me sick to my stomach.

    Great blog, great post, keep doing what you’re doing!

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