Published: Thursday, July 05, 2012, 10:30 AM
Activists and a Cleveland television station attended the auction and obtained undercover video of some of the 400 dogs being sold for $50 to $1,500 each. Some were pregnant, ill or in poor condition, protester Kathy Burke said.
She and 50 other puppy-mill opponents from 13 counties gathered outside the nearby courthouse for a peaceful rally against dog auctions and puppy mills, which are plentiful in Holmes County. More than 500 are run by Amish families who collectively made $9 million in 2007, a Holmes County official said in 2008.
The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions bought the dogs that had been repeatedly bred to keep them out of the hands of other breeders. The dogs went straight to a veterinarian, who found ear mites, skin and eye infections, tooth decay, urine burns and injured paws. Three of the rescued dogs are being cared for by New Beginnings Animal Shelter in Fairfield County, LUV4K9s and Ontario Bloodhound Rescue in Canada.
Learn more at banohiodogauctions.com.