Disrupted by the pandemic, the OIG planned inspections of onsite USDA licensed dog breeders to ensure compliance in regard to the Animal Welfare Act. This audit was also a follow up on the last OIG audit report completed 10 years earlier in May 2010, entitled Animal Care Program Inspections of Problematic Dealers. This is where the dogs lose.
Regarding the Washington Post article titled Dog Fight, written by Kim Kavin who is seemingly a commercial dog breeding proponent. There are two sides to every story. You need to hear about what it’s like for the dogs that are in the hands of America’s USDA dog breeders.
At dog auctions, dogs, are sold “as is where is.” Attending an auction clearly defines the priorities of this industry and demonstrates how cruelty can be legal. Eleven “lucky puppies” French Bulldogs and a Pug, were recently rescued from a dog auction in Missouri. These lucky puppies were part of an all bulldog auction where 110 bulldogs were being sold “as is” to the highest bidder. These dogs usually never see the sun or touch grass and do not know what it is like to be loved or have a warm touch from a human.
Dog auctions are a side of puppy mills most people do not know even exist. But they are another example of the inhumane way dogs are treated… they are not companions, but just another number to be sold to the highest bidder to make yet more puppies. Lone Star Dog Ranch recently attended an auction and shared this emotional recounting of the day. (There is controversy in the anti puppy mill community about buying dogs at auctions, does it help or hurt the effort in the long run? We are not offering an opinion either way, but want to share this story to illustrate the horror that puppy mill dogs live.)