Update: HSUS anti-puppy-mill campaigner John Goodwin will be back on the program this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to update us on how rescues may be supporting puppy mills by paying inflated prices for dogs. Please read the Washington Post story.
Let’s make this very clear because some people I respect support these purchases. But reading the Washington Post story, I really question the bona fides of these “rescue” groups that buy puppy mill animals from the auctions. Let’s shut down commercial dog (and cat) breeding altogether.
All dog auction operations should shut down completely, said John Goodwin, the senior director for the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign. Rescuers, he added, certainly don’t need to be there supporting them. “We oppose buying dogs at auctions,” he said, “because it puts money into the pockets of irresponsible people who treat dogs like they are disposable.” He told HuffPost that he’d also like to see rescue groups stay focused on helping pets in local shelters find permanent homes and avoid euthanasia.
Here is our recent Paw’d Cast interview with John Goodwin.