Teddy has been to several dog auctions and he says it’s not a place he’d ever go back to! He prepared the following information for you to read:
“Dog auctions are common in the puppy mill industry. A dog auction is essentially the same as a livestock auction; it is simply limited to selling dogs as well as housing and breeding equipment. Dog auctions are held for several reasons. A commercial breeder may be going out of business and wants to sell all of his breeding stock, or a breeder may be interested in culling old breeding stock and purchasing younger, more fertile breeding dogs. New breeders may go to dog auctions to purchase their start-up breeding stock and equipment.
“Dog auctions usually have 100-450 dogs of all ages listed for sale. They are sold in an auction-style format, to the highest bidder. The dogs are cataloged before the sale by number and bidders may view the dogs before the sale starts. Once the sale begins, the viewing barn is closed and the dogs are brought out in groups of four and the bidding begins. The dogs are lined up on a table usually four at a time. The auctioneer starts the bidding, highlighting the ages of the dogs, if they are in heat or not, if they are proven breeders, good mothers, or if they produce large litters. The auctioneer will say anything to sell the dog for the highest price. The dogs are sold “as is” and most are sold with chronic untreated painful conditions such as ear infections, rotten teeth, urinary tract infections, sores on their feet, mastitis, and more.” – The Puppy Mill Project
This is my personal observation and opinion: In the past few years more and more rescue groups have begun attending these auctions in order to ‘save the dog’ or to ‘save their particular breed from life in a puppy mill’. Some raise huge amounts of money to go to the auction to buy the dogs. This topic has become very controversial and I would highly suggest reading Rescuers at Dog Auctions – Please Stop and also Dogs for Sale – The Business of Dog Auctions. There are thousands of wonderful people who just want to help save dogs and there are many ways to do this without supporting the purchasing at auctions. Buying dogs at these auctions truly perpetuates this miserable industry. Dog auctions exist because people buy puppies from pet stores and online.
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