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Ohio Amish Dog Auction Was Moving, Now Staying in Same County

This is very good news! It looks like the animal advocates putting heat on the Amish puppy millers are having an effect on their ability...

Joy  |  Apr 7th 2007


This is very good news! It looks like the animal advocates putting heat on the Amish puppy millers are having an effect on their ability to make their bloody money quietly.

As those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know, I have been calling for a boycott of all Amish products until the Amish community decides to shut down their puppy mills. If you know anything about the Amish, you know that they do what they want within their boundaries and have little regard for the opinions of the rest of world. The only way to make them stop this heinous business is by affecting them all economically.

Here are some previous posts on this topic:
Ohio Amish Puppy Mills Move Auction to Avoid Protestors

Amish and Dogs Bad combination?

Thanks to BusinessWeek.com for this article.

Troubled dog auction called off in Ohio

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio

A controversial dog auction that had been scheduled to move from one Amish community in northeast Ohio to another now has an uncertain future.

The Buckeye Dog Auction’s first scheduled sale in Geauga County has been called off and the new potential owner isn’t talking.

Geauga County officials were concerned that the controversy surrounding the auction in Holmes County would continue in their community.

Critics call the breeding operations that supply the auction “puppy mills,” factory-like operations in which caged dogs churn out litters year after year. People regularly gathered outside the auction in Holmes County to protest what they called an industry built on cruelty.

Harold Neuhart, the operator of a kennel in Guernsey County in eastern Ohio, has notified federal officials of his intention to purchase the Buckeye Dog Auction, according to a dealer’s license application request submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Neuhart already holds a USDA breeder’s license to operate Seneca View Kennels. He declined comment about the auction when reached Wednesday at his home in Senecaville.

The auction scheduled for April 21 in Middlefield Township has been postponed, Geauga County Dog Warden Matt Granito said.

One of the Amish men who tried to buy and relocate the auction from Holmes County would not discuss what prompted the change.

“It’s over,” said John Henry Byler, a co-owner of Middlefield Township-based Bylerville Enterprises LLC. “Just forget about it.”

Ervin Raber, co-founder of Buckeye Dog Auction, had said that protests helped push the auction out of Holmes County. Raber, of Baltic, sold the business last month to Bylerville Enterprises.

Mary O’Connor-Shaver, a Columbus-area animal advocate, said she heard the auction may be returning to Holmes County.

“But wherever it goes, we’ll be there,” she said.

Now we hear the auction isn’t moving because the local Amish in the new site didn’t want the attention.

Thanks to Cleveland.com for this update.

Controversial dog auction back in Holmes
Posted by John Horton April 05, 2007 18:43PM

The on-the-move Buckeye Dog Auction is back in Holmes County, with the next sale — and a sizeable protest — scheduled for April 21.

Auction organizers recently contacted the Holmes Sheriff’s Office to hire an off-duty deputy to work security at the upcoming event, Capt. Dale Renker said. The sale will be held in a rural area about 10 miles east of Millersburg, the same site as a February auction.

Originally, organizers intended to sell the auction and move it to Geauga County beginning this month. The deal fell apart, however, amid opposition from Geauga officials and members of the local Amish community who did not want the controversy connected to the event.