|Will His Eyes Always Hold A Little Sadness?|
I really don't know what happens to dogs that are brought to an auction and aren't bought by anyone. We all pretty much have a good idea that they're euthanized ... either humanely or not. This is especially true if there's what's called a "breeder sell out" which means that puppy mill is getting rid of their entire stock - for whatever reason. The dogs that came with them to an auction, are definitely not going home with them. If nobody wants them ... what else could possibly happen to them?
The one and only auction I attended was in Cabool, MO. What's really sad, is this was what is considered a "good" auction. It was a very difficult situation for me because the culture and attitude toward animals at an auction is completely foreign to what I feel and believe about dogs and cats. Before the auction starts, there's a viewing room and you go through a room and just see dozens and dozens of dogs in cages. A lot of these cages are stacked on top of each other. When the auction starts the dogs are brought out and set up on a table while the bidding starts. Each dog has a number tied around their neck with a piece of twine or something similar so you know who you're bidding on. Pregnant dogs are the most sought after - imagine how much they're worth to a puppy miller! Big deals are made if a dog was "tied" to another one or was in heat recently, etc. One thing that I really have a hard time understanding is the people who bring the dogs to the table are all teenagers. It's both girls and boys and none of them seem to have any affection or empathy for the animals. They're holding them like they would any other livestock, showing no emotion. One of the most offensive things I heard at that auction was when a dog was being bid on, the auctioneer bragged that she was a virgin and that apparently made her more desirable. It felt like a rape was being planned for this dog. I don't mean to be overly dramatic, but that's really what it felt like to me.
|TRex Putting on his "cute" face|
TRex still shows mental scars from his days in the puppy mill. He's missing a number of teeth and his remaining teeth look as though they've been filed down. After seeing how upset and stressed he gets in a crate or an XPen, it's pretty clear he spent his entire 6 years trying to chew his way out of his cage. He doesn't trust all men - even male children. My nephew will come to spend the night and TRex will bark up a storm. Then, they make friends and everything is ok. But when we wake up the next day, it starts all over. I've noticed at adoption events he reacts very negatively to men with hats, beards and grey hair. My ex husband happens to have a beard and TRex will still act like he'd like to chew his foot off rather than look at him when he sees him. I can't even bring myself to think of the life TRex must have faced to still be holding on to this baggage.
Even though he still has issues, he's doing so much better than he was when I first got him. He is a different dog than he used to be. He's much calmer at adoption events and he's even started playing with some of my other fosters at home. He's started showing affection to some other dogs in our house, which is to lick their eyes. As usual, everything is UNusual in TRex's world. I think he's decided my dog Jingle is his Mama. He is always cuddling up to her, even putting his arm around her. It's very sweet and I feel relieved knowing I got one dog out that might not have made it otherwise.
TRex is an example of why so much work was done this spring to get the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act on the November ballot, otherwise known as Proposition B. The breeders of Missouri have fought tooth and nail to keep it off the ballot. Thousands of signatures had to be gathered and notarized to get it on the ballot. While the signature gathering was going on, various breeders in Missouri would find out where meetings were going to be held and call ahead and "cancel" their reserved spaces. Once the signatures were collected and turned in, there was an attempt to have special legislation passed in the Missouri congress to prevent it from being on the ballot. Then, when the signatures were ratified and approved a suit was filed stating the wording was unfair so should be kept off the ballot. When you read the proposal, it's hard to understand why anyone would fight it. It's asking for basic, humane care for all dogs in Missouri breeding facilities. It's asking for sufficient food, clean water, regular vet care, daily exercise, clean cages which are big enough for them to move around in, shelter from the elements, and rest between breeding cycles. What person would ever oppose dogs being treated in such basic, humane ways?
|This is NO Life|
To learn more about this proposition - please visit this web site.
Missourians For The Protection of Dogs