As September approaches with no
announcement of a date for the fall dog auction at Horst Stables, many of you
have been asking us when the next Thorp dog auction will be.
We are excited to announce that the answer to that
may be -- NEVER!
the past three months, we have been investigating a rumor that the auction may
be over. Several reliable sources have told us the same thing: there will be NO
MORE DOG AUCTIONS at Horst Stables!
Auction organizers have
been quoted as saying that running the auction is too much of a hassle because
of the protests and negative media publicity! Chuck and Cheri
Wegner and all of you who wore your orange t-shirts, stood up and chanted,
carried signs in the hot sun and the
sub-zero temperatures -- as
well as all of our Media friends who reported on the auctions, the dogs, the
millers selling them, and their impact on you -- NEVER doubt that
you made a difference, and we sincerely thank you all!
Standing the Line: Thorp Dog Auction, 11 Mar
Not mentioned by auction organizers
were the many repeat violations of USDA regulations, documented in inspection
reports from the first dog auction on 14 October 2006 to the most recent one on
11 March 2009. We feel that the aggravation of being forced to comply with
existing regulations, along with the promise of much stricter ones included in
Commercial Dog Breeding Licensure Bill (AB-250/SB-208), were also major
factors in the decision to end the selling of dogs.
USDA/AWA Inspection Reports of Horst
Stables Dog Auctions
Inspection Reports of Horst Stables, 06-07 (pdf)
Inspection Reports of Horst Stables, 08-09 (pdf)
information could be yet another Thorp Dog Auction LIE...but to the best of our
knowledge now...IT IS OVER. To put it bluntly, "it's all about the
money," and thanks to our supporters, dog auctions apparently are simply
not profitable enough!
Prior to the Dog Auctions, the
Horst Stable auction business mainly sold horses, cows, and farm supplies.
Apparently, they have discovered that selling dogs is just not the same as
selling livestock. Hopefully, the Commercial Dog Breeding Licensure Bill will
help convince puppy millers that BREEDING dogs just isn't the same as breeding
then, millers will still be trying to make a buck off the mill dogs -- so pet
owners, rescue organizations, and shelters will continue to be burdened by the
dark, dirty underground network and "dumping" of these animals.
have taken an important first step!