The Amish also have mills throughout the midwest. The auction I went to was in MO and many of the bidders were Amish.
A lot of rescues won't buy at auctions for the reasons mentioned - and in some ways they are valid. However, my feeling is that these dogs need to get out of the breeding cycle. It's one less dog (or a lot less when you consider their offspring) that will come into rescue in worse condition later in their lives. Also, with so many mills closing because of the economy the dogs we don't buy at auction will probably be killed. And when I say kill I mean shot, run over or starved to death.
Both sides of the argument have valid points. It all depends on what you can personally live with.
nmbassatlover, I agree with you. It's really a catch 22. A lot of the puppymillers would rather take their stock out and shoot it then give it to a rescue. They know the rescues are out there and will take the dogs no questions asked. I remember the guy on Oprah talking about how the Amish laughed at him for wanting to rescue the dogs. They honestly think it's ridiculous.
I too have mixed feelings about these acutions but if I can save just 1 dog from a life not worth living then I want to try. Where do we find out about when these auctions are being held and the types of dogs being sold?
ocholocoperros - if you will email me where you live I'll try and help you find an auction. They aren't well advertised beyond the "commerical breeders" but rescuers do try and track as many as they can.
Most auctions are seasonal and I'm told the season ends in late Jan/early Feb. I know there are several LARGE consignment acutions coming up. Depending on the state, they might only sell to licensed dealers.
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Word of warning be careful who you are sharing this information with. Also John Doe / Jane Doe can not just walk into an auction and buy a dog. It is not that easy and yes John / Jane Doe will be escorted out of their fast. He or she will not be welcome at auctions. The intent is to sell to other millers. Rescue folks are very discrete when attending these auctions and many "act" the part of another miller for the sake of being able to "rescue / buy" a mill dog to get it out of the vicious mill cycle safely.
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I did not know these auctions take place. It is appalling and horrific. I live in Missouri, and I knew we were leaders in Puppy Mills--but I did not realize these awful auctions existed. Why on earth cannot we get strong laws to prevent this??? Aren't humans supposed to be humane??? It sickens and depresses me. I once went to a horse auction and it sickened me as well and I will never go again. Why can't people realize animals have feelings and hearts and treat them with dignity and respect?? What is wrong with these people? I say we lock them up in a little cage--only spay and neuter them so they cannot reproduce.
We have a community of Mennonites that live in central Missouri. I am not sure what the difference is between them and the Amish, but I know they feel dogs are livestock too. My dear friend was able to "rescue" a Mastiff from them for $5.00--because she would not breed with another Mastiff--only the Bloodhound from up the road. She had had several litters--her back is swayed and her teats hang to her knees. She was covered in ticks, had ear mites, but thank God she tested negative for heart worm. Mary has had her spayed. The dog was never allowed in the house--but Mary has had her for about 7 months now--she never peed or pooed in the house, never chewed up anything. She adores Mary and is such a big hug bug. I love happy endings! These two were meant for each other!
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I understand what the auctions are and have helped rescues rehabilitate many dogs that have come from rescues but I still do not understand how you find out where they are and when. how do you get on a list or look it up?