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New Bill Targets Puppy Mills, Auctions
By Mary O’Connor-Shaver

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ince 2003, the Buckeye Dog Auction in Holmes County, Ohio, has grown into anything but run-of-the-mill.

“I am currently the president of the Ohio Pro Dog Breeders Association, and in our opinion, there is no such thing as a puppy mill."
Ervin Raber, co-founder of the Buckeye Dog Auction November 2005

Most breeders who participate in this event are raising large numbers of puppies for profit in mills. For those of you who have never heard of a puppy mill, it's the equivalent to solitary confinement for dogs, with living conditions characterized by overcrowding, filth and lack of food, water, adequate shelter and little to no veterinary care. Fed and bred. That's it. No walks. No interaction with humans. No dog treats, toys or a soft blanket. Dogs live in the same two foot by two foot wire cage for about eight years until their breeding days are done. Rarely, will they ever set foot on grass. Dogs sold at the Buckeye Dog Auction include not only puppies, but also those males and females used for breeding. There, old puppy mill dogs are put out to pasture or their pups are auctioned off so they can start a new breeding cycle. Many of these puppies and adult dogs are hauled to the auction in tractor trailers like domestic livestock. Some breeds are able to fetch more than a few thousand dollars, while others can net hundreds of dollars for the seller. The auction house takes in a $10 registration fee for every dog to go on the block and a 10% commission on the sale. Breeders from across the Midwest look to the Buckeye Dog Auction as an opportunity to improve their "inventory" by selling puppies at eight-weeks-old to pet shops or brokers like the Hunte Corp., a Missouri-based company which distributes dogs to dealers across the nation. It's a sad life for man's best friend. But a state legislator, Representative Jim Hughes of Columbus, is leading the effort to help end the inhumane conditions of puppy mills and dog auctions in Ohio. Substitute House Bill 606, introduced to the House Committee on State Government in December 2006, seeks to improve the quality of life for dogs trapped in mass breeding facilities across the state. "Our targets for this legislation are those individuals who breed dogs in filthy conditions with little vet care and no relief from their 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week enclosures," says Kellie DiFrischia, co-director of Columbus Dog Connection, a supporter of the bill. "This bill will finally set minimum standards that reputable breeders already exceed."

In This Issue
New Bill Targets Puppy Mills, Auctions Sasha... A Rescue Story Spotlight On: Cat Welfare Association Calendar of Events On the Wild Side: Winter Tips for Our Fine Feathered Friends Look Mom! No Cavities! Homeward Bound: Adoptable Animals Animal Quackups!

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From the Editor:
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that it's been almost two years since qÜÉ ^åáã~ä=fåëáÇÉê started. Our first issue appeared in April 2005, with a circulation of 500. Since then, we've steadily expanded circulation to 1,500 print copies, and our hope is to double that by the end of 2007, bringing news and pet care tips to even more individuals and families in Ohio. We're excited about what the New Year will bring for animals across Ohio. There are good things happening all around us, especially in the legislature, as you can read in this issue's cover article by Mary O'Connor-Shaver. Ultimately we are the ones who decide how the animals in our state will be treated, so get active and make your compassionate voice heard! We also want to know how we've been doing. What do you like about qÜÉ ^åáã~ä=fåëáÇÉê? What topics and stories are you interested in reading? What could be improved? Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us. Give us a call on our voicemail line, 614.523.9244, or send me an email: Jill@AnimalOutreach.org. We look forward to hearing from you! Here's to a great year ahead!

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Sheena is a gorgeous three-year-old Siberian Husky from Westerville and is this issue’s cover model contest winner! Her eyes look innocent enough, but with her jaws tightly wrapped around the face of her favorite stuffed doll, she thumped the competition by 26 votes! For their efforts, Sheena’s getting a $15 gift certificate, compliments of Animal Outreach, which should be good for a few chew toys to give her doll a rest. A big thanks to everyone who played along! qÜ~åâ=óçì for picking up qÜÉ=^åáã~ä=fåëáÇÉê! We hope you find it interesting and informative. We would like to recognize the following individuals who have helped make this issue possible!
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Once this legislation is passed, it is the goal of Rep. Hughes to introduce a sub-bill which would mandate new regulations governing dog auctions—a move strongly supported by Dean Vickers, Ohio Program Coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Central States Regional Office. "I have been working to build relationships with local and state legislators," says Vickers. "We are aware of the auctions and have been reviewing Pennsylvania's ban to see how it can translate to meet Ohio's needs." Efforts to address this multi-million dollar business where dogs are simply commodities to be bred and traded have even extended beyond Ohio's borders. Animal Kellie DiFrischia, co-director of Columbus Dog Connection advocates from across the country are helping to place puppy mills and dog auctions in the national spotlight:

Sasha...

A Rescue Story

Many rescuers attend the Buckeye Dog Auction. Sometimes they are present to protest and raise awareness about the cruelty of puppy mill operations. Often they are there to rescue as many dogs as possible. Sasha (aka "Lot 130") represents one such success story. Surrendered during the August 26, 2006 auction, this beautiful, seven-yearold registered German Shepherd represented one of the worst cases from an Ohio puppy mill. Malnourished, suffering from a severe urinary tract infection and missing a good portion of her left lip due to a vicious breeding incident, Sasha was safely transported to a foster family in Lewis Center, Ohio. Following two months of rehabilitation at a cost of $1,200 in veterinary expenses, Sasha was successfully placed with Bill and Kelly G., a responsible and loving couple from Columbus, Ohio. Her new family includes an adorable eight-year-old miniature pincher named Velvet and a handsome 32 lb orange tabby named Nick. On October 25, Sasha's foster mom had the good fortune to share her story with students participating in the "Kids n' Canines" program offered through Walnut Springs Middle School in Westerville, Ohio. "Having the opportunity to see and touch a dog from the mills was a powerful experience for our kids," said Gale Haugh, Program Director. "Despite her terrible circumstances, Sasha remained loving and trusting to humans. It brought a new dimension to their research on puppy mills."

“This bill will finally set minimum standards that reputable breeders already exceed."

• Award winning Producer/Director Jill Dolon, President and Founder of the Unconditional Love Foundation, is currently shooting the first in a series of documentaries on several animal welfare issues. Their Voice will provide a realistic look into Ohio puppy mills and dog auctions and their impact on animal sheltering and the crisis of pet overpopulation. • Judy Bishop with Friends of the Animals in Kansas has been a staunch supporter for tougher legislation to close down puppy mills and dog auctions in Ohio. Her Topeka-based Animal Talk web group is comprised of more than 1,000 members in 48 states and nine countries. Businesses and groups from all over Central Ohio have been showing their support by writing letters, organizing and making their views known. Here are steps you can take to help address this important issue for Ohio citizens: • Educate others! Visit www.BanOhioDogAuctions.com and forward this website to everyone in your address book. • Write your legislators! Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know that dog auctions are a concern of yours; urge them to do something about it. Let them know that thousands of concerned citizens from across the county support a ban on dog auctions in Ohio. • Recruit your veterinarian! Ask them for their support to create tougher laws governing dog auctions. A vet should be every dog's second best friend—ask them to help you help dogs.

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Cat Welfare Association
^fF What do you find to be the greatest challenge of operating an animal shelter? g_F Everyday we face many different challenges at the shelter. One of the greatest is educating people on the proper care and treatment of cats and kittens. Someone who has had little experience with cat behavior and care is more inclined to 'throw in the towel' and give up on the cat when concerns arise. We proactively educate and problem-solve to prevent cats from being returned prematurely. This is where our experienced adoption staff and dedicated volunteers fill the need by providing careful placement and early intervention when problems arise. Even though cats are one of the most mysterious and unique creatures, they also tend to be the most misunderstood and misjudged. We try very hard to erase that image.

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at Welfare Association has been assisting homeless cats and kittens in Central Ohio for over 60 years—offering services from pet adoption to spay/neuter assistance for feral cats and pets in lowincome households. qÜÉ=^åáã~ä=fåëáÇÉê=recently asked Jill Baltes, Marketing Director, a few questions about their efforts on behalf of the felines in our community.

^fF How did Cat Welfare come into existence? g_F Cat Welfare was started in 1945 by a group of seven dedicated animal welfare activists. They formed a non-profit organization to promote the care and understanding of cats, as well as a safe haven for homeless cats. Cat Welfare was one of the first cats-only animal shelters in the state. Volunteers started by fostering homeless cats and kittens until the ^fF What is most rewarding about first shelter building was built in the work you do? 1953 in Clintonville where the shelg_F We see many success stories ter location remains today. Cat Crazy Lillian reaches out to potential cusand disappointments each day with Welfare has changed significantly tomers in the adoption room at Cat Welfare the cats that grace our presence at over the years with the most recent the shelter. Often times I truly feel I've taken an emomove to our current location in 1999, directly across tional rollercoaster ride by the end of the work day. from the original building site. We've grown from a Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my work is handful of needy cats housed in volunteer's homes into watching a cat or kitten come into the shelter witha formidable animal shelter housing over 260 cats and drawn and neglected, and then with some time and kittens that is operated by a paid staff of 12. patience transform itself into a beautiful creature. It takes a great deal of love and attention from staff and ^fF How has the animal welfare movement in Central volunteers to complete this metamorphosis. The cherry Ohio changed since Cat Welfare first opened its doors? on the cake is when the cat or kitten gets adopted into g_F The animal welfare movement has shifted over the a loving and nurturing home. It doesn't get any better years from primarily housing homeless animals to than that! increased emphasis on spaying and neutering to control the feline overpopulation problem. Cat Welfare posi`~í=tÉäÑ~êÉ=áë=äçÅ~íÉÇ=~í=TQN=tÉíãçêÉ=oç~ÇI=`çäìãÄìëI=lÜáç tioned itself in the forefront of this shift by starting the QPONQK=qÜÉ=ëÜÉäíÉê=áë=çéÉå=ÉîÉêó=Ç~ó=Ñêçã=NN=~KãK=íç=PWPM=éKãK Altering Fund in 1972, to assist low-income families E`äçëÉÇ=íÜÉ=Ñáêëí=tÉÇåÉëÇ~ó=çÑ=É~ÅÜ=ãçåíÜKF=cçê=ãçêÉ=áåÑçêã~J with spay/neuter surgeries for their own cats and kitíáçå=Å~ää=SNQKOSUKSMVS=çê=îáëáí=ïïïK`~ítÉäÑ~êÉlÜáçKÅçã tens. In 1978, the shelter began including spay/neuter surgery with the adoption of every shelter cat. Today, we continue providing the Altering Fund and have added other spay/neuter programs geared towards the feral cat population, and to target low-income communities through the use of monthly mobile spay/neuter clinics and a free voucher program. Another significant change in the animal welfare movement has been the increased standards of veterinary care, medicine, nutrition and sanitation when housing a stray population.

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On the Wild Side:
When winter has left trees barren and daylight hours are few, birds still fill our suburban landscapes. We marvel at the resourcefulness of wild birds as they search out food and warmth through the long winter months. We can help to provide these birds with food, cover, roosting areas, and nesting spots by planting native seed and berryproducing trees, shrubs, and vines. tÜÉå=íç=ÑÉÉÇW Feed more often at times of peak energy demand, such as during temperature extremes, nesting season, migration, and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted. tÜÉêÉ=íç=ÑÉÉÇW Birds are most likely to eat where they feel safe. Make sure that there is nearby cover to which birds can quickly escape from predators, such as free-roaming cats. Place ground-level feeders in spots where predators cannot hide easily, and set up a loose mesh fence around the feeder. If the feeders are near a window, alter the appearance of the glass to help reduce window collisions. Many birds will feed at more than one level, but they do have their preferences. • Ground level feeders: Mourning Doves, Towhees, Sparrows, and Juncos • Table level feeders: Cardinals, Finches, and Jays • Hanging feeders: Titmice, Goldfinches, and Chickadees • Tree trunk feeders: Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, and Wrens pÉäÉÅíáåÖ=~=ÑÉÉÇÉêW Plastic, steel, or glass feeders are best because they are easy to clean. Feeders with porous surfaces, such as wood or clay, can be difficult to clean and may grow dangerous algae and fungi.

Winter Tips for Our Fine Feathered Friends
Smaller feeders empty out more quickly, so there's less chance of wet, spoiled seeds. Rain can be a problem, so make sure the feeder has drainage holes, and consider placing a plastic dome on top. mêçéÉê=ã~áåíÉå~åÅÉW Regular upkeep is necessary to keep your feeder free from contamination by disease-causing bacteria. • Choose feeders that have no sharp edges or points. To help keep food cleaner, use feeders that allow birds to perch away from the food. • Clean feeders often. Clean feeders designed for groundfeeding birds every two days. • Keep seed dry, free of mold, and safe from squirrels by storing it in a metal can with a tight-fitting lid, such as a clean garbage can. Discard damp seed. t~íÉêW Birds need water year-round for drinking and bathing. Set up at least one birdbath. Place the birdbath away from the feeders to keep the water from being contaminated. Rinse the birdbath daily before refilling it, and clean it once a week. Providing food for wild birds will help the winter pass more comfortably for them, while adding interest and activity to your winter days. Come spring, as the nesting season unfolds, you'll have the added pleasure of recognizing many of the birds as individuals.
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Look Mom! No Cavities!
Dentistry is one of the oldest specialties in human medicine. Everyone knows that brushing their teeth daily and having regular visits to their dentist is important to keep their mouth healthy. However, the health of our pet's mouth is often overlooked. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by the age of two years, 80-85% of dogs have some degree of dental disease. This can affect more than just teeth. Bacteria spread from abscessed teeth can infect spinal disks, heart valves, or kidneys or just cause general poor health. As with many things, prevention is the best treatment. Brushing your pet's teeth regularly is the best preventative. Daily brushing with a toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs and cats is ideal. However, don't let the recommendation for daily brushing dissuade you. Whatever time you can devote to a consistent brushing schedule will benefit your pet's health enormously. There are also diets specifically designed to help promote good oral hygiene for pets. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations for an appropriate diet for your pet. In addition, routine dental scaling and polishing are recommended to remove accumulated plaque and treat gum disease (gingivitis) before it progresses to periodontal disease, infection, and tooth loss.
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Homeward Bound: Adoptable Animals
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I'm Myles, and I'm a pointerterrier mix! I'm friendly, loyal and extremely obedient, and smart as a whip. I spent 6 months in a prison obedience training program and I know some basic and advanced commands. I already have my shots and would love to be a part of your family.

For a list of shelters, rescues and other adoptable pets, visit: www.Animal-Outreach.org

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"Every humane organization dreams of the day when cruelty to animals can be reduced to the point of elimination and the killing of homeless animals will have ended. The Poundhounds Adoption Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) was formed to help bring this dream to reality. P.A.W.S. has two main goals as its purpose: education and opportunity. We hope to provide information that will lead to an awareness of the need for people to be responsible and kind stewards over animals and to provide opportunity for animals that deserve a second chance."

Stripes is a handsome kitty who turned up one day on a residential street. The neighborhood children gave him the name Stripes because of his beautiful markings. His owner could not be located, but his declawed front paws made it clear he’s an indoor cat. He is good-natured and mellow, and enjoys companionship and playing with his toys. He will be a wonderful, forever friend to his adopter.
Cat Assistance Team of Central Ohio is committed to reducing cat overpopulation through public awareness and non-lethal humane management efforts. Formed in 2003 to address the critical overpopulation of stray and feral cats in our community. A "board of protectors" was formed to create the organization's mission and priorities, and the group immediately became active in cat rescue, feral cat services and domestic cat fostering and adoption. Visit www.CatTeam.org for more info. and a list of all CATco’s animals for adoption, or call 614.634.8234

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I'm Betty, and I'm a beagle. I've been through a lot in these past months; I was at a high kill gas pound but fortunately I was rescued! Now I'm just looking for a loving home. I'm 25-30 pounds and one year old, and I'm crate trained, too. With some love and care, I'll be sure to be the best dog ever!

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Hi, I'm Casper! I'm friendly and fluffy American Eskimo dog, and would love to snuggle up with you on a cold day. I'm not sure how old I am, but I think I'm 1 1/2 years old and I weigh 25 pounds. I would love to walk with you or just be a happy presence around the house. Come meet me—I'm not shy! I can't wait to find a new home!

Hello! My name is Mia. I am a very playful kitty and love to be petted. I like to bat toy balls and mice around, and love those feathers on a string. If I've caught your eye, consider making me a part of your family. We could have a lot of fun together!

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What do cats like on a hot day? A mice cream cone. Where does a turtle go when it rains? To a shell-ter! What’s a cat that sucks on lemons? A sourpuss... Why did the bird go to the doctor? For medical tweet-ment. What's the difference between dogs and fleas? Dogs can have fleas but fleas can't have dogs.

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Over the course of one year, two unaltered dogs can produce two litters of pups, usually six to ten puppies each! If those puppies are left intact and have their own litters, over a period of six years, those two unaltered dogs quickly becomes sixtyseven THOUSAND dogs... STIMMM> Unfortunately, there's always an excuse for not getting a pet fixed. No money. No time. Not a priority.There's always a reason that puts it off one day longer. And like most things, they’re not dealt with until the absolute last moment, when it's too late. Most people don't have much luck finding homes for a litter of puppies… Try finding homes for 67,000. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6 to 8 millions dogs and cats will enter shelters each year. Only half of them will live out their lives in new homes. The other half will be disposed of for lack of space. mäÉ~ëÉ=pé~ó=çê=kÉìíÉê=vçìê=mÉíë>

What do you get when you put four ducks in a box? A box of quackers! How do you communicate with fish? You drop them a line! aáÇ=óçì=âåçïKKK\ A cat can jump as much as seven times its height? A cat has four rows of whiskers? A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself? Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible? Prairie dogs are not dogs? They’re actually rodents. 94% of pet owners say their pet makes them smile more than once a day? " The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer. " - Paula Poundstone " Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. " - Ann Landers

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Prevention is the key in the fight against pet overpopulation! With your support we can reduce the number of homeless pets by encouraging responsible pet ownership.

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Please make checks payable to Animal Outreach, Inc., and mail to:
Animal Outreach, P.O. Box 892, Westerville, Ohio 43086

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