Dear Companion Pet Lovers ~
JUST 283 DAYS REMAINING UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 2011!
According to statistics released at the close of 2010, Ohio now ranks SIXTH (up from seventh in 2009!) among the top 10 states with the most USDA 'Class A' licensed commercial breeders!
The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions remains steadfast in their commitment to send a strong message to state legislators that dog auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty!
As Ohio voters and taxpayers, we are committed to supporting a ballot initiative to ban these events from our community! We need everyone's commitment to collect a minimum of three petitions of signatures from registered Ohio voters by December 1, 2011! Contact me to send you the petition forms by email!
A. APRIL 2 PEACEFUL RALLY AGAINST THE OHIO DOG AUCTION! (AWESOME FLYER ATTACHED TO PROMOTE THIS EVENT!)
Following our very successful rallies in Millersburg (May 22 and August 21) and Charm (September 25, November 20 and January 15), we're ready to stand united against the Ohio Dog Auctions in Holmes county!
Sat., April 2, 2011
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1 East Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
SPECIAL NOTE! Supporters will meet at the entrance to the Holmes County Fairgrounds (8381 State Route 39 West, Millersburg, OH) at 9:45 AM , then drive as a caravan to the rally location!
Since April 2 could bring rain and some cold temperatures, be sure to dress accordingly!
PLEASE BRING SIGNS!
Please remember that many farmers and dog fanciers - hobby and show breeders - are supporting the Ohio Dog Auctions Act, and they will be present at this rally. Our focus is the Ohio Dog Auctions and their relationship to puppy mills and pet homelessness, so please ensure your signs reflect this message!
The Ohio dog auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing, repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or have been convicted of animal cruelty.
Here's just one example taken from a USDA inspection report for an Ohio 'commercial' breeder who profits from these dog auctions:
"One licensed breeder in Ohio, with no veterinary qualifications, operated on a pregnant dog without anesthesia; the breeder delayed calling a veterinarian and the dog bled to death. The inspector also found that 40 percent of the (200) dogs in the kennel were blind due to an outbreak of Leptospirosis. The inspector determined that the facility’s water was contaminated and had caused the outbreak."
BE THEIR VOICE!
We know many of you are busy with family and friends during the spring season. Unfortunately, the puppy mill dogs who will be bought and sold during this auction have no reprieve against the abuse and neglect which occurs 24/7.
We know that peaceful rallies are an important component in our strategy to ban Ohio dog auctions! It worked in Wisconsin (supporters from that state consistently had 50 attendees - even when weather was below zero - at every rally), and we are confident it will work in Ohio!
B. STAND UNITED TO SERVE AS A STRONG VOICE FOR THE DOGS!
Given the tremendous outpouring of support following Dr. Nancy Kay's excellent article on dog auctions, we are encouraging everyone to write to the following elected officials asking them to support a ban on Ohio dog auctions. Emphasize that you will not be spending any dollars in Holmes County until this event no longer takes place in their community!
1. Holmes County Commissioners (Joe D. Miller, Ray Eyler and Robert L. Ault)
2 Court Street, Ste 14Millersburg, OH 44654-2001 Phone: 330-674-0286Fax: 330-674-0566E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Governor John KasichContact: http://governor.ohio.gov/ShareYourIdeas.aspx
Again, we greatly appreciate everyone's support and dedication to our campaign! Thanks for continuing to serve as a strong voice for the dogs!
P.S. We invite you to join the over 2,270 voices who have become members of our Face Book group, Ohio Voters against Puppy Mills and Dog Auctions. Membership is FREE, and our portal serves as a great vehicle in which to receive timely updates on issues and campaigns addressing Ohio dog auctions, puppy mills and the entities that support and keep them in business. For more information on how you can become a member, please click here.