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Max the Boxer tested positive for brucellosis.

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 pawprint bullet point   Thorp Dog Auction Overview   pawprint bullet point   "It's All About the Money"   pawprint bullet point   Max the Boxer: What is Brucellosis?   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   The Dogs   pawprint bullet point   The Statistics   pawprint bullet point   Thorp Dog Auction Scrapbook   pawprint bullet point   Josie's Diary   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Rabies In WI: Why Health Certificates are so important   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   USDA/AWA Inspection Reports of Horst Stables Dog Auctions   pawprint bullet point

 

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The Ad for the Thorp Dog Auction at Horst Stables. Note "Only Quality breeding stock or healthy and marketable puppies will be accepted.""Now accepting QUALITY consignments.
Only quality breeding stock or healthy and marketable puppies will be accepted."

        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.

       This 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.

       Wisconsin 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."

       Click 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."

This basset hound--quality breeding stock--has serious mastitis.       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.

       After 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.

       We 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 auctions altogether.

       However, 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.

       In 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.

"The 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"

 pawprint bullet point   Clark County Humane Society Dog Auction Protest Info   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Small Paws Rescue: Why We No Longer Buy at Auctions   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Best Friends: "When the going gets tough... the auctioneer gives up"   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Ban Ohio Dog Auctions website   pawprint bullet point


 pawprint bullet point   Thorp Auction Overview   pawprint bullet point   "It's All About the Money"   pawprint bullet point   Max the Boxer: What is Brucellosis?   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   The Dogs   pawprint bullet point   The Statistics   pawprint bullet point   Thorp Dog Auction Scrapbook   pawprint bullet point   Josie's Diary   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Rabies In WI: Why Health Certificates are so important   pawprint bullet point


 
 
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