Dogs Retired by Breeders & Auctions – What should we do to make this situation better?

Dogs Retired by Breeders & Auctions  

What should we do to make this situation better?

By Ron Sturgeon

Not in any order, the problems:

  • Breeders are done with these dogs and aren’t shy about disposing of them.
  • Generally, we don’t want them to be used as breeding stock again.
  • Breeders want money and are unlikely to give retired dogs away to appease animal welfare groups
  • Many of these retired dogs are sick or disabled. They need veterinary care.
  • The current auction model has created a situation on a nationwide level where the dogs are overvalued and breeders take advantage of it.
  • In some cases, the dogs are traumatized or have not been socialized. Selling through existing channels is neither realistic nor the right solution for the dogs.
  • We need a solution that does not inadvertently make the issues worse by pushing them into a darker corner where dogs are sold for medical research or dumped on the side of a road.
  • A retired breeding dog requires food, medical care, etc., so a commercial breeder may have no incentive to keep dogs that drain their bottom line.
  • Options for these retired dogs are euthanasia or to be sold to research labs.
  • There is likely no funding available to help with this problem.

In keeping with my usual paradigm, I want the proposed solution to

  • Be as simple as possible
  • Use as many existing resources as possible
  • Minimize the need for additional funding
  • Be scalable to accommodate large numbers of retired dogs
  • Be realistic about the legitimate need for breeders to retire dogs
  • Be fair to breeders by giving them reasonable compensation for retired dogs, and a tax deduction in certain cases, and it must be doable, even if it does not please everyone.

As with our approach for reform of the breeding industry, our approach to auctions should be easy to understand and fair to all stakeholders.

Here is my proposal:

Any breeder who retires more than 6 dogs annually, with a change in ownership should be required to release retired dogs to:

  1. Rescue groups that are registered as non-profits (pricing, if any, negotiated privately)
  2. Rehabilitative groups, such as senior dogs for vets, PTSD therapy, etc. (pricing, if any, negotiated privately)
  3. Public, government-owned no-kill shelters
  4. Private sale, not to exceed one in any month, as they see fit, at any terms they want.
  5. Private sale(more than one per month), trade or auction (where allowed by law) with the following requirements:
    1. A licensed veterinarian must examine all dogs and issue a certificate of health issued that includes all known issues with the dog.
    2. Prior to sale, all dogs must be spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian. All dogs must be chipped and registered in a data base.
    3. The maximum sale price for any retired dog sold privately or at auction is $650.00.
    4. If traded, the value shall not exceed $650 per dog.
    5. A $25 per dog auction fee would be collected and paid to regulatory agency to fund oversight and enforcement.

All senior dogs changing hands should be kept in a log by the breeder for future reporting or compliance for a period of 5 years, the log shall contain the information necessary to regulate and enforce such regulations.

Only licensed veterinarians should euthanize dogs and only after the veterinarian has examined the dog and determined that it should be put down for medical or behavioral reasons.

I believe this proposal would be better than what is in place now. It is a reasonable way to address the issue of dogs retired from breeding stock.

This article written by Ron Sturgeon Sr VP and Founder of National Alliance for Dog Breeding Reform

 

Comments(15)

  1. Jen Roberts says

    Thank you, this is definitely on the right path and far better than it stands today. I support this.

  2. Kim Preskitt says

    Ron, you are right on the money! Thank you for heading up this mission!

  3. lucy lilly says

    Personally any mill dog abused and mistreated the owner should be fined nite rewarded..

    • Dmt8RisiKphl says

      If you’re reading this, you’re all set, paerdrn!

  4. Andrea says

    This will never work. 650 is still grossly overvalued for a retired dog. Seem that it would be better to change breeding legislation to limit the number of breeding allowed per animal. I think a total of 5 litters is fair per animal, only to be bred every other heat or back to back heat with two heats off. I like the idea of a tax deduction to dogs released to rescue groups. If dogs are found in poor condition,mths breeder should be charged with cruelty and have his license revoked.

  5. Andrea says

    This will never work. 650 is still grossly overvalued for a retired dog. Seem that it would be better to change breeding legislation to limit the number of breeding allowed per animal. I think a total of 5 litters is fair per animal, only to be bred every other heat or back to back heat with two heats off. I like the idea of a tax deduction to dogs released to rescue groups. If dogs are found in poor condition,mths breeder should be charged with cruelty and have his license revoked.

  6. Andrea says

    This will never work. 650 is still grossly overvalued for a retired dog. Seem that it would be better to change breeding legislation to limit the number of breeding allowed per animal. I think a total of 5 litters is fair per animal, only to be bred every other heat or back to back heat with two heats off. I like the idea of a tax deduction to dogs released to rescue groups. If dogs are found in poor condition,mths breeder should be charged with cruelty and have his license revoked.

    • Denise says

      Andrea, how will that work? If you are going to charge them with cruelty, do you really think they are going to give you the dogs which would be evidence? Of course not. They are going to get rid of the dogs so the “world” will never see them.

  7. ron says

    andrea, I agree $650 is a lot for a retired dog, but what we think doesn’t matter, the breeder has to be compensated or they go to darker channels to dispose of dogs. but in any case, my proposal is that is the most that can be obtained at auction. Dogs that are old and spayed or neutered will likely bring almost nothing., this solve the disposal of their inventory and the auction problem, which you may not be aware of, where dogs bring up to $5,000 as breeding stock

  8. Penny says

    Why are you quoting the price of breeding stock when you are trying to establish the value of a non-breeder? And you should not limit this part to just retired breeders. Commercial breeders need to sell dogs who are not breedable for a variety of reasons, not just because they are old and worn out. It is common that breeding stock 5 yrs and older have very bad teeth. This is caused by breeding them before they have reached their full growth, and the calcium to make strong teeth and bones in the mother goes instead to making babies. Does that qualify as crualty, mistreatment, neglect, or just greed? Are you going to tegulate the quality if the dogfood they feed?
    As much as I detest puppy mills and want to see breeding dogs living much better lives, I value the US constitution and a capitalist society even more. You can not limit what people can sell a dog for.
    Right now we can get retired breeders at auction for $50 or less, and those dogs are available because those breeders have a heart. They could just shoot them, drown them, hit them in the head with a hammer, turn them loose, give them to dog fighting groups to use for bait to train their fighters, or just stop feeding them. How are you going to regulate that?

  9. Susan Schrade says

    Right now many Rescues are getting retired breeding stock, donations to spay the dog and provided much needed health care, often teeth cleaning, medicine to help protect eyes and progression towards blindness, medicine for skin problems, and foster care for socialization prior to adoption. It is a tricky business because some of the breeders, if exposed are capable of just shooting the dogs and not working with the rescue groups. So basically there is an “underground railway” to save the breeding dogs after years of abuse. Obviously this is a problem. The solution is yet to be defined, but it is good that this group is thinking outside the box.

  10. Denise says

    I don’t understand. I have been working with breeders for several years and have never, ever paid one cent for the dogs they give me. The breeders do not want to put the dogs down. Regardless of what people think, there are breeders out there who hate the idea of killing a dog and they are very happy to send it to a rescue IF that rescue does not use the dog’s condition against them. I just want to get the dogs to a home and let them live their lives in peace. The money being raised by rescues to buy dogs is outrageous when those same rescues will not take a stray in because they “don’t have room”. Yet they can bring in 50 auction dogs all at once! Rescues who buy and sell dogs are acting as retailers and turning their rescues into pet stores!

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