Puppy Mill Auction

What is a puppy mill auction?
A dog auction is basically the equivalent of a livestock auction. It is completely focused on selling dogs, breeding equipment, and housing.

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Which states regularly allow puppy mills?
Although puppy mills are nationwide, the majority are found in the agricultural states of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota that don't require licenses and are legal.

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Do they require a breeding license?
No, the states listed above do not require any kind of breeding license to run a puppy mill.

Are they legal?
Sadly yes, the above states make it legal for breeders to run a horrific puppy mill.

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What is the purpose of puppy mill auctions?
The goal of these sales is to provide a venue for puppy millers to sell their unwanted or unproductive breeding dogs. The dogs purchased and sold are not intended to be pets. They are considered valuable just for their potential to make money.

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Why do breeders sell their dogs at puppy mill auctions?
Some of the auctions are consignments, where dogs that puppy millers no longer want are sold. Others are kennel dispersals, in which the kennel is going out of business and is selling the equipment, tools, and all of its dogs.

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Who purchases puppy mill dogs?
Individuals who buy and sell dogs at auctions are usually pet stores owners, banking on the fact that customers will buy cute, cuddly pets. Some new breeders attend dog auctions to acquire start-up breeding equipment and stock.

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How does an auction work?
Buyers register for the auction and are issued a bid number. At that point, they can view the merchandise, frequently consisting of between 100 to 450 dogs of various ages. Once the bidding process begins, an auctioneer holds up the animal, describes its attributes, and sells it to the highest bidder, who pays cash for the dog.

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Who gets all the puppy mill money from the auction?
Mill operators pay the auction house based on the number of animals to be auctioned, with the intention that the stock will not return to the mill.

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How much money do people usually pay at the auction?
Most auction houses charge a $10 registration fee for every dog to be auctioned and a 10 percent commission. Mixed breeds may sell for $25 while a purebred female might sell for $5,000 for more.

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Why do rescue groups attend puppy mill auctions?
Rescue groups have been attempting to save the abused puppy mill dogs who no longer hold monetary value for millers. Where puppy mill operators see a dog who no longer produces pups, rescue groups see an animal who deserves a chance at a healthy, regular life.