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Ohio’s Harold Neuhart Buys Buckeye Dog Auction, Looks for New Site

Thanks to Daily-Jeff.com for this news about a horrible business. Local man to buy dog auction A Senecaville man is buying the Buckeye Dog Auction...

Joy  |  Apr 11th 2007


Thanks to Daily-Jeff.com for this news about a horrible business.

Local man to buy dog auction

A Senecaville man is buying the Buckeye Dog Auction — a source of controversy and multiple protests in at least two northern Ohio counties.

Harold Neuhart confirmed Tuesday he is in the process of buying the auction, but he declined to comment further regarding either the purchase or future of the much-maligned dog auction.

Neuhart reportedly owns Seneca View Kennel.

Buckeye Dog Auction has reportedly been the cause of multiple protests in Holmes and Geauga counties, where previous auctions were held. The location of future dog auctions has not be released.

On Monday, Holmes County commissioners reportedly met with county Prosecutor Steve Knowling to discuss what, if anything, the county could do to keep the Buckeye Dog Auction out of the county.

The prosecutor reportedly told commissioners that an investigation of a complaint would need to take place before any action could be taken, as the dog auction is not illegal unless there is evidence of cruelty.

The Buckeye Dog Auction began in 2003. It was first was held in the Perry Reese Community Center before moving to the Holmes County Amish Flea Market.

Ervin Raber, the initial owner of the Buckeye Dog Auction, sold the auction to John Henry Byler earlier this year, reportedly after asking Holmes County commissioners if they wanted him to get rid of the auction.

Commissioners told the Daily Record they advised Raber “it was up to him.”

Following the sale, Byler, a co-owner of Bylerville Enterprises, reportedly scheduled an auction for April 21 in Middlefield. But controversy over the well being of the dogs and a scheduled protest kept that from happening in the Geauga County city.

Dean Beachy, who owns a building near Walnut Creek where two Buckeye Dog Auctions took place after leaving the Amish Flea Market site, told the Daily Record that he was contacted by the new owners, believed to be Neuhart, regarding the possibility of holding a future auction at his building.

He said the new owner was to call him back if they need the facility, saying “maybe they are going to do it in Guernsey County.”

Officials at the Holmes County Amish Flea Market reportedly said the dog auction would not return to that facility.