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Make Legislators Aware of Ohio Dog Auctions Act: Let’s Learn About & Ban Ohio Dog Auctions… Keep Reading!

Posted on March 9th, 2012
All 99 legislatures in the House of Representative and all 33 Senators should now be aware of the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions. So today, or this weekend, or this week, please take a few moments of your day to remind Senators to support the ban of Ohio Dog Auctions.
The atrocities continue while we wait…

On January 27, more than 118,000 signatures from all 88 Ohio counties were certified by Secretary of State, Jon Husted for the Ohio Dog Auctions Act. The proposed law is now in Ohio General Assembly for passage by May 1 — so the Senators have three months. We still desperately need, however, the ballot initiative to move through the 129th Ohio General Assembly.

Go to the bottom left where it says “Find Your Senator” and fill in your information. You can then send an email to them quite easily. All you have to say is:
“My name is xxxx from xxxx County. I consider you an esteemed public official; and I’m writing with great news!On January 27, more than 118,000 signatures from all 88 Ohio counties were certified by Secretary of State, Jon Husted for the Ohio Dog Auctions Act. The proposed law has now moved to the Ohio General Assembly for passage by May 1.

I am respectfully asking your support in moving this ballot initiative through the 129th Ohio General Assembly.

Thank you for serving as a strong voice for Ohio’s companion animals!


And that’s your email.

The Ohio Dog Auctions Act is a measure with many a mission; it will improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations in Ohio; it will make it illegal for anyone to auction or raffle a dog in Ohio; finally, it will prohibit others from bringing dogs into the state for sale or trade that were acquired by auction or raffle elsewhere. These are just a few of the things the 2011 statute requires.

But to give you some more information on dog auctions in Ohio and how they support puppy mills – here are some facts:

* Listed below are the buyers at dog auctions.

Many breeders have websites, sell over the internet or a use a broker.

1. Class A license breeders sell puppies/dogs they breed and raise. Sales tax must be collected if puppies/dogs stay in Ohio. Class A breeders are not required to have a USDA license. They are not regulated.

2. Class B license breeders must hold a USDA license, are exempt from sales tax and cannot sell retail. Sales tax is collected and stays in the state the retail transaction takes place. A kennel cannot hold both an A and B USDA kennel license.

3. Pet shops purchase dogs at Ohio Dog Auctions. Sales tax is collected when the puppy/dog is sold and is considered retail sales. Sales tax stays in the state of the retail transaction. (Check out this I-team investigation about the Buckeye Dog Auction and pet shops buying puppy mill dogs and lying to customers about it…you know who you are pet shops… {see second to last paragraph}).

Hope is From a Puppy Mill

4. Brokers purchase puppies/dogs at Ohio Dog Auctions. Sales tax is collected and stays in the state when the dog is sold. The sale is considered retail.

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5. Commercial kennels that purchase dogs at an Ohio Dog Auction are exempt from sales tax.

Over the past 8 years, approximately half of the 300-400 dogs sold at an Ohio dog auction were from out of state. Many of the recent sales were entirely from out of state commercial breeders.

Infectious diseases, poor breeding standards, non-vetted dogs, lack of DNA testing for genetic defects produce unhealthy puppies/adult dogs which costs the consumers unnecessary veterinarian costs.

Many of these puppies bought in pet shops are taken to our shelters, rescuers or advertised on the internet because the consumer cannot afford the high costs associated with an unhealthy puppy.

If you MUST buy a dog from a breeder, please read here about finding a responsible breeder!

The auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states including Ohio Many of these buyers and sellers have a long history of repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty.

Please support the ban to eliminate Ohio dog auctions.

Dogs are companion animals, not livestock.

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

Posted on November 4th, 2011

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!

For more information, please visit: or



Ban Ohio Dog Auctions Ballot Initiative: Hit Puppy Mills and Auctioners Where it Hurts

Posted on March 28th, 2011

It was a rousing success this weekend at the Columbus Pet Expo in Columbus, Ohio for the Ban Ohio Dog Auctions case. Ban Ohio Dog Auctions, near the end, I would say gathered anywhere from 750 to 1,000 signatures on its petition. What petition you ask? Well it’s only one of Ohio’s most important proposed ballot initiatives for 2012. It’s the Ban Ohio Dog Auctions Act and it’s damn important. It’s downright vital. Vital to whom? To the thousands of precious puppy mill dogs who face the auction block in Holmes County, which should be named Hell Country for the atrocities that occur there once a month and day in and day out. (Holmes County is home to numerous Amish-run puppy mills.)

The dog auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing, repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or

Amish Millers Prepare for an Auction

have been convicted of animal cruelty.

Breeders who participate in the Ohio dog auctions are raising large numbers of dogs and puppies with profit as the primary motive for existence. Many of the puppies are found to be unhealthy, they’re not screened for genetic diseases, and they do not show resemblance to the breed standard, plus they lack good temperament. Nonetheless, multiple pet stores, like Petland for example, as well as big buyers from small family-owned pet stores come to these Ohio dog auctions to get puppies and dogs at a bargain price.

Click here to view inside a dog auction used by puppy mills

The proposed Ban Ohio Dog Auctions Act was spearheaded by Ban Ohio Dog Auctions; it’s a citizen-backed initiative. The measure, similar in language to PA’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 the State of Ohio. It would also prohibit bringing dogs into the state for sale or trade that were acquired by auction or raffle elsewhere.

These ramifications were put into the bill because millers from all over the Eastern and Central US come to the Holmes County dog auctions, where there are about 400 dogs on the block per month. There is one dog auction a month in Holmes County right now.

Ohio dog auctions, like the ones revealed during a 2007 undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Best Friends Animal Society, are a symptom of the puppy mill industry. They are a tragic embarrassment to Ohio and its humane-minded citizens.

The proposed ballot initiative to ban the auctions is really a tactical maneuver, a one-two punch if you will. By taking away or banning the auctions, we are looking to hit the puppy millers where it hurts: their pockets. The ban will take away their primary source of funding, thereby reducing them to rubble. The millers will have nowhere to “showcase,” buy or sell their “wares,” the dogs. It was brilliantly crafted in this manner. Holmes County millers, who have become infamous in the state of Ohio, will have to turn to other means, like making direct connections with pet stores and other (Internet) buyers, which will take them LOADS more time, which they don’t want to do anyhow because it’s a suspicious activity. Millers across the state will be put into a horrible business position and will thereby be forced to shut down.

A crammed puppy mill

Click here to see the ABC news investigation into puppy mills. This video discusses the fact that many Ohio puppy mills are Amish-run, which comes as a surprise to many, many people.

All this being said, we are close to our goal. We need near 121,000 signatures and currently have about 85,000. We still have near six months to collect the remaining signatures that we need.

If you are a registered Ohio voter and want to sign the petition to get this on the 2012 ballot, email me at I will direct you towards where you need to go to sign. Please let me know what county you live in in your email.

If you want to get involved with the movement and hold your own signature gathering event, come to one of ours, or perhaps attend the Humane Lobbying Day on April 6th, which gives you the chance to sit down for a bit with your legislators and talk face to face, email me and I will put you in contact with the person running this fantastic campaign, Mary O’Connor Shaver.

To join the Ban Ohio Dog Auctions movement on Facebook, click here. To visit the website, click here.

To sign up for the aforementioned Humane Lobby Day, visit

Support Ballot Initiative to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

Posted on November 9th, 2010

Ohio has no laws preventing dog auctions. 

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 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! 

As of June 30, 2010, a total of 19,538 signatures have been collected of the minimum 120,700 signatures required.  326 volunteer Petition Circulators helped raise awareness of the Ohio Dog Auctions Act by helping to collect signatures from 74 counties. 


Raise Awareness! 

Ohio needs residents’ help to end a major distribution channel serving buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have repeated, long standing violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty…

Unlike HB 570 (McKenzie’s Law), the proposed Amended Senate Bill 95 (legislation for dog breeding kennels, which was scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor today) DOES NOT contain language which addresses any aspect of Ohio dog auctions! The Ohio Dog Auctions Act would make 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.

Participate in some great events where you can meet and talk with Ohio voters! Car shows and community festivals are taking place all across the state from now until December 1, and many are extending FREE booth space to the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions!

For information on upcoming Signature Gatherings and other events, leave a comment and I will email you the details.

Thanks Ohioans!

Rid Ohio of Puppy Mills in Amish Country: Sign Ohio Petition to Establish Legislation

Posted on October 18th, 2010

Ban Puppy Mills in Ohio

Sign Petition to Ban Puppy Mills in Ohio FOR GOOD

Now is really time for me to launch my Be The Change Campaign, thank you very much Caroline, Tom and Yvonne at BlogPaws (and Romeo). Not only am I raising a ton of money for IAMS, but I’m launching a personal crusade to ban dog auctions and Amish puppy mills in Ohio.

Then I’ll be petitioning for felony punishments for animal abusers as it’s pretty sick that last week a guy killed a kitten by beating it with a bat to show off to his 13-yr-old girlfriend — HE GOT GROUNDED and Anger Mgmt.

It’s time Bad Breeders and Amish Country Millers STOPPED Abusing Animals, Selling and Buying at Dog Auctions, and Profiting Off Severe Animal Abuse and Neglect. PETLAND Needs to GET with the Times Too.

This should be illegal; and Ohio is so archaic in animal treatment, we are one of only FOUR STATES WHERE ANIMAL ABUSE IS STILL A LOW MISDEMEANOR.

Petition Targeting: The Governor of OH, The OH State Senate, and The OH State House

Petition Author, Creator: Jaime Lynn Smith

There are over 100,000 dogs, stud males, puppies and continually pregnant female dogs living in cramped metal cages right now in central and parts of southern and western Ohio. These dogs do not know what the inside of a house feels like. They’ve never been out of their cages.

In the Happy Tails Books publication ofDog Blessed; Puppy Mill Survivor Storiesyou can read true stories of puppy mill owners’ disdain, hatred, annoyance, lack of compassion and piss poor attitudes towards dogs (they’re no better than dog fighters or rapists), and see how the rescued dogs healed. You also hear sad stories of millers drowning or starving dogs so they don’t waste a bullet. Then there’s the story of the puppy mill dog Ruby my sister and I tried to save three years ago.

My  sister Ash never got over it and awhile back she started working with Ohio Basset Rescue. We saved a Basset Hound former puppy mill stud (he was used for breeding for days on end). He was terrified of everything and took over 6 months to rehabilitate.

  • He wouldn’t walk on a leash

    ohio amish mill dog lost 8 teeth after rescue, and a leg

  • let us put a collar on
  • didn’t know what a bone or biscuit or toy or stuck was
  • always had his tail between his legs
  • whined and cowered like he’d be beat at loud noises
  • he wouldn’t walk up the stairs
  • didn’t know what dinnertime was
  • he had no clue how to eat out of a dog dish.
  • He followed us everywhere and was timid and terrified
  • He liked to be alone and hidden behind the shed in the backyard

IT WAS HEART BREAKING.   Don’t let this happen to another dog.

Puppy mill dogs are often sold at dog auctions, which IS on the November ballot this year for eradication. These dog auctions severly perpetuate the puppy mill problem by putting loads of money intothe hands of the cruel Amish people whostatistically raise OVER 80 percent of the puppy mill farms in Ohio.

This must be stopped. Please sign the petition so we can get an issue on the ballot in November of 2012.

deplorable indoor miil in amish country ohio

Yes, we have lots of time, but we’re going to need at least 750,000 signatures.

A “puppy mill” is a facility that continuously breeds female dogs and then houses the females and their puppies in deplorable conditions. Inadequate food, water, sanitation, year-round exposure to the elements and dilapidated housing are commonplace.

As everyone re-convenes for a new session of legislation, I want to talk with you about an issue that is very important to me as a tax-payer and citizen of Ohio.                   

a sick mill pup we "borrowed" undercover & couldn't save...

I don’t know how familiar you are with Puppy Mills, but our state has become fertile ground for the “commercial pet breeding industry” because we do not have any laws or regulations to govern these facilities.

We have one USDA rep for every, like, 55 mills and “hobby breeders” and they are so lax on rules that they get paid for letting fines rest and be forgotten if they get paid in alcohol and gas money et al I’d believe.

Furthermore, we do not have enough manpower at the USDA to actually enforce the laws that are broken every day by these heartless criminals who neglect and often abuse the animals. An internal audit by the USDA’s Inspector General’s office found serious problems with the USDA department responsible for keeping breeders in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

Tell Petland to Stop Selling Live Animals and Start Supporting Rescue

Puppy mills are the epitome of cruelty to animals. Do we want Ohio to be associated with that? Between our fantastic colleges and universities, our top-of-the-line healthcare systems, and our gorgeous seasons and miles upon miles of national parks, I think not.

malnourished and starved mill dog who soon after rescue passed:(

Milllers, particularly in Amish Country where it has been (undercover) reported that a whopping 80 percent of mills exist there, keep helpless, sick, dying, idle dogs in tiny chicken wire cages with barely any food or water, no veterinary care, and no human contact – except when they are yelled at to be quiet. Millers OVER-breed these animals until they cannot produce anymore, then they simply throw them away, let them loose to run and die in the frigid winter air, or suffer an even worse fate.

In a state founded on high morals and values, this is a absolute atrocity. Animals, at the very least, should be respected and cared for in a compassionate way. And of course they are not equal to humans, but they have no voice and furthermore, no choice.

While other states like Pennsylvania and Virginia are passing laws and increasing regulations to reform this dreadful puppy mill industry and to advocate animal welfare, Ohio’s SEVERELY outdated and inadequate statutes have not changed, so we have become an even bigger magnet for this cruelty. We have stores like Petland making a mockery out of 9 week old puppies when an employee thought it was funny to drown them.

Ohio needs laws NOW to stop this cruel, horrifying treatment.

Make Your Voice Heard!

Currently, Illinois is proposing legislation to help deter the puppy mill industry. It is called Chloe’s Bill, and, among other things, seeks to limit the number of unaltered dogs a breeder can own. According to, the bill will:

Missouri is also looking to pass Prop B this November. Missouri has more puppy mills than any other state—and it’s very likely that a puppy from a Missouri mill is lying in a cage at a pet store near you, at this very moment. Proposition B will help these dogs by reforming Missouri’s puppy mills, but the measure won’t pass without your help.

A Veterinarian’s Prognosis For Stopping Puppy Mill Cruelty: Just last week the YesonPropB website posted an interview from A Humane Nation, Wayne Pacelle’s blog: Veterinarian Deanna Tolliver DVM, talks about why she thinks it’s such a good idea for voters in Missouri to support Prop B.

“There are 3,000 dog breeding facilities in Missouri that churn out hundreds of thousands of puppies a year as a cash crop for the pet trade. Too often, the dogs are kept in cruel and inhumane conditions, denied inadequate shelter, veterinary care, or any human kindness.”

From Deanna Tolliver, DVM:

“As a veterinarian, I took an oath to protect animal health and relieve animal suffering. Unfortunately, as a veterinarian in Missouri, I have witnessed the worst kind of suffering in dogs from puppy mills—rotten and infected teeth, mammary gland tumors, ear and skin diseases, overgrown toenails that curl into foot pads, and coats matted so heavily that the animals could barely walk. Most of these conditions result from years of neglect and could have been prevented or treated with proper veterinary care.”

“Prop B would require large, commercial breeding facilities to provide dogs with sufficient food and clean water; necessary veterinary care; adequate living space, shelter and exercise; and essential rest between breeding cycles. It would also prohibit the use of wire kennel flooring and stacked cages.

Let's Welcome All Mill Dogs to a New Life...

The measure would also limit the number of adult breeding dogs that facilities can keep to 50 (it does not apply to breeders with 10 or fewer intact female dogs). Since each female dog is capable of producing up to five or more puppies per litter, a breeder could still sell roughly 200 to 400 puppies a year, with a potential income exceeding $100,000—much greater than that of most families in Missouri.

The recent rescue of more than 100 dogs from two operations in Camden and Greene counties undoubtedly confirms that Missouri has an ongoing problem with many of its 3,000 mass puppy-production facilities. The Better Business Bureau, the USDA Office of the Inspector General and the Missouri state auditor all released recent reports detailing insufficient oversight of our puppy mill industry and the grave suffering it causes—both for the dogs and for their future families.”

dirty mill dog we couldnt save

Dozens of veterinarians from all parts of the state have endorsed the ballot measure.

At mills, dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection.  These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong.I surely hope that since we voted lawmakers into office that they take heed this winter, and at least discuss legislation to be introduced to stop the suffering of these innocent dogs.

And THANK GOD AND THE FATHER OF ALL ANIMALS for Mary O’Connor Shaver and all she’s personally doing to get Dog Auctions Banned on the November Ballot, all while running Columbus Top Dogs &

A paralyzed Papillion from years in a cramped cold cage

Please support any legislation of its kind, and please know you have my support if you’d like to help, more information, to volunteer or to lobby or help at petition events.

Let’s not allow Ohio to be the kind of state that follows — let us be the kind of state who LEADS! Let’s make changes to how we treat our animals TODAY.


Sign the Stop Puppy Mills Pledge (courtesy HSUS)

Puppy mills are large scale operations that force breeder dogs to produce litter after litter to support consumer demand for puppies.

These puppies are sold in pet stores or over the Internet, storefronts that mask the suffering, disease, malnutrition, and loneliness of puppy mills. Even the puppies themselves are prone to a variety of illnesses. Some die within days or weeks of purchase.

Most people are unaware that when they buy a puppy from a pet store, via the Internet, or any place they have not visited in person, they are often supporting a cruel and inhumane industry.

By choosing not to buy your next pet or any pet supplies from retail stores or Internet sites that sell dogs or cats, you are directly helping to end this cycle of cruelty.

Please sign the pledge to stop puppy mills by filling out and submitting your information below.

I will do my part to help stop puppy mills. I pledge to help end this cycle of cruelty by:

  • Choosing not to buy my next pet from a pet store or Internet site

  • Refusing to buy supplies from any pet store or Internet site that sells puppies

Thank you for your time.

Jaime L Smith, Administrator/Author/Owner/Advocate
Cleveland Pet Rescue Examiner
Board of Directors: Up For Pups

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