Help end Ohio puppy mills: Ban Ohio Dog Auctions ballot initiative needs your help!

Typical Puppy Mill

Since 2004, the Ohio Dog Auctions have grown into anything but run-of-the-mill. Breeders who participate in these auctions are raising large numbers of dogs and puppies with profit as the primary motive for existence.

Many of  them are found to be unhealthy, not screened for genetic diseases, do not show resemblance to the breed standard and lack good temperament. 

Participating breeders at this auction travel from many surrounding states, including some, such as Pennsylvania, where public dog auctions are illegal.

One of those breeders has been issued multiple citations by the USDA, two other breeders have been convicted of animal cruelty, and a third breeder had his licensed revoked by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

It’s a sad life for man’s best friend. And a business managed by a tremendous amount of corruption and consumer fraud.

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 working towards the goal of collecting 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 need everyone's participation to make this vital effort a success!

If you are interested in assisting with this grassroots, Ohio citizens-backed effort to put an end to the horrific Ohio dog auctions, please visit

It is time to put an end to this blight on Ohio. For more information on Ohio Puppy Mills go to:

Doc Wheeler lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:19 PM, 05.13.2010