|We all know about puppy mills and how cruel their existence is to dogs. But you might not have heard of puppy auctions. These warehouse events are legal in Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. Small breeds are stacked in crates and cages with a number around their necks that is called out for bids. They are your typical puppy mill dogs, ill and scared and nothing like the breed they represent.
Folks living in one of the above states can write their legislators about this practice. You can also help create legislation to ban puppy auctions by writing letters and passing around petitions. And, of course, never buy a puppy from a puppy mill. Adopt or do your homework to find responsible breeders in your area.
Kelly is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with her three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
February 9th, 2011