"Now accepting QUALITY consignments.
Only quality breeding stock or healthy and marketable puppies will be
On March 10, 2007, representatives from the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project and
rescues and shelters throughout the state of Wisconsin attended the second
puppy mill auction at Horst Stables in Thorp, WI. Some went as observers, to
find out for themselves exactly what goes on at these auctions; others went as
buyers, to get dogs "out of the system" and into loving homes.
is the ad that appeared in newspapers throughout the state-- click on the photo
for a larger view and easier reading. Even in this size, however, the word
"QUALITY" stands out.
Puppy Mill Project facilitated the purchase by various breed rescues of about
half of the dogs offered for sale that day. Our purpose was to put together a
report on what sellers at this auction considered to be "quality breeding
stock" and "healthy and marketable puppies."
on any picture on any page in this section of the website for a larger view and
the story behind the photograph. Some of you may be shocked. Many of you won't
be in the least surprised. We hope that you are all moved to take up the fight
against the institutionalized abuse of "commercial breeding."
There is controversy
among rescuers about purchase of dogs from millers and mill auctions. Some feel
that to do so is just supporting the millers and helping to keep them in
business. Some feel that getting the adults "out of the system" is
worth the cost.
studying the numbers from the previous auctions, The Wisconsin Puppy Mill
Project is asking people NOT to "buy" or rescue" these dogs.
Sadly, our own research and observations lead us to believe that the
dogs being offered now are not mill cast-offs but have been, in many cases,
purposely bred to supply AUCTION BUYERS, including rescue groups.
have the deepest compassion for the dogs and puppies now being sold by Horst
Stables, and understand how difficult it will be NOT to bid on these animals,
knowing their probable fate. However, we sincerely believe that in the long
run, not buying will produce the best outcome to end these
we also believe that to buy or not to buy is a matter of individual conscience.
If you do buy, PLEASE document any problems you encounter with the health,
temperament, or paperwork of these dogs -- and share with us so that we can
share with others.
that way, we can continue to show our visitors the faces of some of the animals
purchased by rescuers, tell their stories, and, hopefully, enlist more aid in
the fight against puppymills so that the suffering of these animals will not
have been in vain.
continued protests were enough to drive the [Ohio Buckeye Dog Auction] owner,
Ervin Raber to sell the business in March 2007. In an article published last
year, Raber had this to say about his decision, based on the constant protests
to his business: 'It was just getting to be too much of a fight.'" --
Best Friends article: "When the going gets tough... the
auctioneer gives up"
County Humane Society Dog Auction Protest Info
Paws Rescue: Why We No Longer Buy at Auctions
Best Friends: "When the going gets tough... the auctioneer
Ban Ohio Dog Auctions
Auction Overview "It's All About the
the Boxer: What is Brucellosis?
Dogs The Statistics Thorp
Dog Auction Scrapbook Josie's
Rabies In WI: Why Health Certificates are