The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is spearheading a new, citizen-backed ballot initiative – The Ohio Dog Auction Act. This measure would establish a statute in the Ohio Dog Law making it illegal to auction or raffle a dog in Ohio, and prohibit bringing dogs into the state for sale or trade that were acquired by auction or raffle elsewhere.A minimum of 120,700 petition signatures is needed by December 1, 2010 to place this initiative on the 2011 ballot.
What is a dog auction? Dog auctions are “trading days” for those who call themselves “USDA licensed commercial breeders” and who are raising large numbers of dogs and puppies with profit as their sole purpose. The auctions serve as outlets for these “puppy mill” operators and help perpetuate puppy mil breeding. As many as 250 dogs are sold at one auction for $1 to $1,000 each. Breeding females fetch $200 to $600 each. The auction house receives a registration fee for every dog placed on the auction block and a commission on each dog sold. You can see why the operators of these auctions and those who provide the dogs will be fighting tooth and nail to defeat this petition.
Ohioans need to step up to the defense of these dogs being used as nothing but chattel and do whatever we can to assure that this petition is successful in placing the Ohio Dog Auction Act on the Ballot.
Petitions are available for your signature at Valley Save-a-Pet’s resale store: The Purr-fect Place, 715 Broadway Ave. Bedford, Ohio and at other animal-related events. You must be a registered voter and sign the petition for the county in which you live. If you want to join this effort and circulate petitions yourself, go to www.BanOhioDogAuctions.com, download a copy of the petition and find more information on the topic. Be sure to read the
instructions for circulating a petition so that the signatures you gather will be valid and counted.
Let’s all get behind this worthy cause and help stop dog auctions in Ohio!!