Controversy Over Missouri Dog Auctions

According to the Humane Society of the United States, Missouri has the most dog auctions than any other state. And the HSUS says that these auctions are inhumane because dogs are housed in cages for extended periods of time, sometimes without food and water.

Stephanie Stain, the society’s director of outreach for companion animals, said, “The animals are literally sold like cars in used auto auctions. Cars are probably treated better than these dogs.”

People that support dog auctions said that they are not cruel and state and federal inspectors closely regulate the auctions.

Betty Dwiggins, who participates in dog auctions, said, “We try our very best to make it humane for the dogs. Without these auctions the dogs would all be mongrels.”

Shain said that even though dog auctions are legal, they cause problems because they serve puppy mills and not reputable breeders. She added that many of the dogs bought from auctions may not be true purebreds and could have genetic diseases or other problems.

According to the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, the number of dog auctions in the state is rapidly increasing. In 1995, there were ten auctions, and in 2005, there were 67. In 2007, auctions have greatly expanded and the number of dogs being auctioned is most likely to exceed 18,000.

Missouri has more commercial breeders licensed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture than any other state and many of them use dog auctions.

Jerry Eber, the head of Missouri’s kennel inspection program said inspectors check to see if dogs are handled properly, have enough space in their cages, and are not in extreme weather. He added that since auctions are open to the public, people can openly tell if something is wrong or if dogs are treated inhumanely.

Eber stated, “Whether you like it or not, dogs are essentially a consumer product.”

Source: Kansas City Star

10 Responses to “Controversy Over Missouri Dog Auctions”

  1. Stefani says:

    Re: “Eber stated, “Whether you like it or not, dogs are essentially a consumer product.”

    OMG, what a repugnant statement. There was a time when humans were also a “consumer product.” My species makes me wanna retch.

    Stefani

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    Referring to the callous remark of Betty Dwiggins “Without these auctions, all the dogs would be mongrels”. She sounds like an inbred misfit herself. What an ignorant thing to say.

  3. trucorgi says:

    http://www.akc.org/about/board.....1/0101.cfm
    “The AKC’s Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Betty Dwiggins (Macon, MO) from all AKC privileges for a period of five (5) years, effective January 8, 2001, and imposed a $1000 fine for having submitted, or caused to be submitted, two litter registration applications which she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know, contained false certification. (Multiple Breeds)

    The AKC’s Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Spencer Dwiggins (Macon, MO) from all AKC privileges for a period of five (5)
    years, effective January 8, 2001 and imposed a $1000 fine for having submitted, or caused to be submitted, two litter registration applications which he knew, should have known, or had a duty to know, contained false certification. (Multiple Breeds) ”
    here is a link to all usda and aphis breeders
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/anim.....olders.txt
    Missouri 6009 43-A-4490 Dwiggins, Betty Hometown Family Pets 28626 Sunset Dr Macon 63552
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/anim.....olders.txt
    Missouri 7928 43-B-0449 Dwiggins, Spencer The Puppy Connection 28626 Sunset Dr Macon 63552

  4. trudyjackson says:

    I have read about these auctions. The animals are treated terribly and the sick ones that aren’t sold, get thrown into a box at the end. Then what? they are probably killed. And who would buy a dog from a place like this except a puppy mill?

  5. trudyjackson says:

    I looked at your links. It looks like some research Labs. are buying these dogs?

  6. KarlaSanDiego says:

    What is wrong with this Country??? I don’t get it.

  7. Jenny Bark says:

    This is so very sad & so very ugly. I said it before & I’ll say it again I think the only good human people left is pet parents, the old & the sick. This is the first time I have ever heard of these auctions & boy does this get me mad. The poor babies, what an ugly terrible life they have. All they want is to be loved & give love.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Missouri the state of the misery!

  9. Hazel Chambers says:

    Missouri is well-names as as state. They have MISS’ed when compassion was handed out…..and it rhymes with misery…which what descibes the situation of these poor animals…and all so some slob can make a buck.

  10. dogmom-3 says:

    I thank God everyday for bringing our little Yorkie into our lives. He came from a Missouri puppy-mill, 300 plus dogs. We’ve had him with us for over two years now and he has some hang ups he’ll never get over because of the life he had to live. The inhumane treatment of these dogs is sickening. I have seen video (under cover) from these auctions and it is sick. Adog or cat a (product?). Just for the almighty dollar. It truly does make you want to retch. For every dog rescued so many more are suffering. Look at China and their abuse and torture of dogs and cats. Humanity is sick!!! God help us all!!


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