Help is needed to ban puppy mills in Ohio

Puppy mill operators buy and sell “breeder” dogs at auctions. These animals are not treated as pets –  they are valued strictly for their capacity to make money. They are kept in cages for their entire breeding lives, usually living in outbuildings in wire cages instead of homes.

They never run in grass, sleep in a bed, or play with a toy. Instead, they are “fed and bred,” eating and relieving themselves in the same 2-foot-by-2-foot cage until their breeding days are done, at which time they are often destroyed.

The Ohio Dog Auction Act is a state ballot initiative whose mission is to help improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations. The proposed law would make it illegal for anyone to auction or raffle a dog in Ohio.

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions plans to gather the more than 120,700 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters needed by December 1 to place the measure on the November 2011 statewide ballot, giving Ohio citizens the opportunity to end dog auctions and raffles.

Your help is needed to help save the tens of thousands of dogs living in these conditions. Please attend the meeting scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, at the Avon Lake Public Library and learn what you can do to put this on Ohio’s ballot and help bring an end to these miserable living conditions.

For more information go to www.BanOhioDogAuctions.com or Facebook at “Ohio Voters Against Puppy Mills and Dog Auctions.”

Please contact Anne Naumann at anne.wssc@yahoo.com to RSVP.

Anne Naumann works in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:26 PM, 03.30.2010