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Puppy Mill Dogs Auctioned

May 1st, 2006, 05:34 PM
Puppy Mill Dogs Auctioned
Humane Society Members Anger Bidders

UPDATED: 7:55 pm EDT April 29, 2006

CARTERSVILLE -- After failing to halt a Bartow County puppy auction, animal rescue activists showed up at the event Saturday with thousands of dollars, and angered many in the crowd by outbidding them.

"These animals have lived in deplorable conditions for all their lives, being bred over and over and over again," said Eden Cherry of Southern Hope Humane Society. "We want to make sure that doesn't happen again."

Auctioneers sold 206 small-breed dogs that were taken from a puppy mill in Cartersville after the owner died. One sold for $855.

Humane society members said they bid on dogs if they feared they would wind up in other puppy mills. One member told WSB-TV they brought $40,000 to the auction.

Other bidders objected, with one woman shouting, "Why are you outbidding him? How rude!"

"They feel like they're going from one cage to another, but that's not what we do," Cherry said. "We vet them and then we make sure they get wonderful homes. They're going to be somebody's housepet and not be bred again."

Channel Two correspondent Tara Jones contributed to this report.

May 1st, 2006, 05:40 PM
Its really so sad when we can't even treat an animal with dignity. To auction any living thing is so disgusting.

May 1st, 2006, 05:58 PM
Berners are quite often auctioned off thus the reason for BARC... Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition.. otherwise the pups and breeding age pups would end up being bred to death. This world truly sucks..

Same with PMU mares, otherwise known as Premarin (menopause drug) mares and foals... sold in meat lots in Manitoba.. Foals are a biproduct and mares who don't produce ample amounts of urine.. bye bye..

May 5th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Thank God for the Humane Society. I hope they got every last dog!