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"Missing an eye, but sees well enough to hit his mark." "This girl is only a year old, but she has earned her keep by already producing one litter — now she's got another on the way." "This bitch had 19 pups in a year and a half — just the kind you want." "Bitch only has three legs — big deal, she won't be passing that on." And regarding one male dog, who refused to stand on the table because of an injured foot, the auctioneer remarked, "Don't let that bother you, he can still get it on."

The above "sales pitches" are from an auctioneer who is trying to auction dogs to the highest bidder. The comments were heard and reported by an eye-witness to a Missouri auction and submitted to Cavaliers Online.


Dog and cat auctions are part of the breeding industry

Dog and cat breeding is an industry. A major player in that industry are dog auctions. Auctions of dogs are typically held in the spring and summer across the Midwest, mostly in Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. It’s been estimated that approximately 15,000 dogs are auctioned off each year.

To view a dog auction, visit: Dog Auction: Undercover investigation by HSUS

Minnesota is not known for dog/cat auctions - but some communities will sell animals at local auctions, along with farm equipment, flowers or other merchandise. Many Minnesota breeders buy from breeders or brokers in the State and out of state. A few Minnesota breeders buy and sell at auctions. In Minnesota, some dogs have been sold through an auction called the Red River Valley Bird Association held in Barnesville (Clay County) and also in Winona County (due to multiple breeders being located in that area). 

Further information and photos of puppy mill auctions can be found at:


Excerpt from undercover investigation of auctions

Descriptions of animal auctions can be found through newspaper articles and on various websites. Below is an excerpt from an organization who has investigated multiple auctions.

“Some auctions are kennel dispersals and others are consignments. In a dispersal auction the kennel is selling out all of the dogs, the equipment and tools and getting out of the business. In a consignment auction, the kennel is selling the dogs that they do not want any longer. The money that the kennel earns from a consignment auction will be used to buy more dogs…

The dogs are tossed around and promoted solely for whatever monetary value they might bring. The dogs are frequently injured, ill, missing limbs, or even their bottom jaw is missing. They are all terrified. …Often these auctions are used by the breeders to “cull” their stock. This means they sell old and non-producing dogs to raise money to buy young dogs and start the cycle of misery all over again.

We get email from many people who think that they can save a dog by going to an auction. They have good motives but they are contributing to the misery. It’s precisely the same thing as buying a puppy in a pet store — you may save that puppy but you sentence thousands of others to lives of misery.

The kennel owners love to see rescue people come to the auctions because they drive up the prices. The kennel owners will take that money that is paid to buy a dog at auction and use it to buy more dogs and perpetuate the cycle of misery. No one should ever buy from consignment auctions.” (Reprinted from




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