Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
In November 2005, Ervin Raber was quoted as saying to the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, “I am currently the president of the Ohio Pro Dog Breeders Assn. and in our opinion there is no such thing as a puppy mill." Sadly, there is much compelling evidence to prove otherwise.
In undercover investigations conducted by CAPS, many of the licensed dog breeding and brokering facilities represented at the Buckeye Dog Auction were found to be in clear violation of USDA regulations. During their investigations, CAPS rescued numerous dogs from these mills, because breeders no longer viewed them as profitable.
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Puppy Mills Invesigated
Dog auctions are illegal in Pennsylvania, so many of those state’s mill breeders travel two hours west to Holmes County, Ohio where Dog Auctions are legal. There, old puppy mill dogs are put out to pasture or their pups are auctioned off so they can start a new breeding cycle.
In May 2006, an undercover investigation conducted by WTAE-TV Channel 4 Action News reporter Sheldon Ingram, revealed evidence that dogs brought to this sale are “fed and bred” – they eat and relieve themselves in the same 2-by-2-foot cage for about eight years until their breeding days are done.
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Events like the Ohio Dog Auctions have been taking place for years, and they are happening across the Midwest to feed the growing demand of commercial dog breeders. Over the past five years, states including Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma and Michigan have seen the number of licensed breeders increase by a combined 303% in the region.
While puppies from commercial breeding operations are sold to pet stores, their parents are often left behind. Those dogs usually live their adult lives in a cage. The Hunte Corporation is one of the nation's largest puppy distributors. It buys puppies from licensed breeders and transports them from Missouri to Ohio.
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The Truth About the Pet Trade
Did you know that more than 18,000 dogs were sold in dog auctions in 2007? In the U.S. dog auctions have increased from twenty-eight to sixty-eight in the past seven years, while the number of dogs exchanged increased from approximately 5,000 to over 18,000.
The dogs bought and sold are not treated as pets; they are bought and sold by puppy mill operators, and are valued strictly for their capacity to make money. These auctions are part of the multi-million dollar pet trade in America. The puppies generated by the breeding dogs are sold to an unsuspecting public via the Internet and through pet stores.
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Puppies Viewed As Livestock
The Amish are widely viewed as plain, peaceful people. Reclusive and private, most people only catch glimpses of them as they make their way through the hills of Pennsylvania's Dutch County in buggies. But some of their perfectly manicured farms are home to a secret world. Lancaster County has been called the puppy mill capital of the U.S., and the trade is largely dominated by the Amish.
Secretive and profitable. Breeders can make upwards of half million dollars a year. The Amish breeders sell the dogs at Ohio auctions and the puppies at pet stores.
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