The Sabin auction went much as I expected. A few things
I didn't expect...
such as Dale Sabin leading us all in prayer before they started selling
I can't recall the exact words but it went something like this...
"...If more people in our Country had better morals,
from our President
to the dog breeders, the Nation would be a much better place to live."
Hmmmm, food for thought huh?
Well, his place was also much as I expected. Converted
and mobile homes were the only homes these dogs knew. The stench was
incredible. It appeared that someone (probably his 9 kids) tried to
place before the sale. The large dog pens that had concrete had
to be washed. Although there were still many piles of feces, you can
tell that it
had been much worse. The pores of the concrete were feces filled and
of a white or gray color that the concrete should have been, it was
The dogs that had white paws were a clear indicator of the filth that
they lived in.
Their paws were feces and urine covered about half way up.
The smaller cages were stacked 2 story buildings and
they wouldn't let me in
them. Here I thought I was doing a pretty good undercover job....NOT!
Comments were made about me when I entered the tent and I couldn't go
anywhere without an armed escort. Yes, an ARMED escort!
Sabin had hired security and you couldn't enter his
property without filling
out a release form and showing I.D. They even wrote down your license
numbers. Well, thank goodness for fake I.D. and a borrowed car. (I had
got a load of wood and didn't have time to unload it so I borrowed a
car to drive down there in).
Every dog pen and dog house had a Sabin child stationed
at it. One of the
saddest things I witnessed was the younger boys (I am assuming they were
Sabin's kids) who were about 8-10 years old. They walked around with 10
pipes and poked at the dogs in the cages. The purpose of this was to get
dogs to the inside of the cages so they could be grabbed and taken to
auction table. These dogs were so terrified of their owners that they
to the outside cage when the owners tried to grab them. I guess it was
more terrifying to be poked with a pipe so they would run to the inside
cage, only to be grabbed and taken to the tent.
One stacked wire cage held a golden retriever and her 4
appeared to be about 4 weeks old). The golden and all the puppies were
wire floored cage that was about the same size as the mamma dog. There
wasn't even a place for the puppies to lie and they had to lie on top of
mother...that or be laid on by the mother.
I did bid on a double dapple dachshund that was blind. I
saw her in one of the
cages and you could tell that she knew someone was there. She bumped
all sides of the cage before she found my waiting finger. I think she
was food because she would lick and bite on it. The cage wire was very
and I couldn't fit more than a finger through it. I wanted so much to
love on his dog. At one point she turned around and I saw that there was
large matted clump of hair hanging from her mouth. It reminded me of the
you clean from the drain of your bathtub. It was tangled around her
I can only imagine how long it had been there. She pawed at it regularly
to remove it. I managed to get my finger in just enough to get a hold of
after several tries was able to remove it. Even after it was gone, she
pawing at her face like it was still there. I think it had been there
for so long
that it was just habit. No one would bid on her so I hollered, "I'll
$5.00." Everyone chuckled a little and then they announced "She's
swelling up...she'll be ready to breed any time." Despite being about 8
old and blind, she sold for $150.00. I walked out with tears in my eyes.
How I wish I were rich!
I couldn't stay any longer, so I got in my car and left.
I had seen a kennel on
my way to the auction that I wanted to check out. When I got there I saw
of the local TV stations parked there. I could hear something or someone
knocking....I think it was called opportunity....so I boldly approached
told them who I was. They had been at the Sabin auction but were ordered
leave by the Sheriff. Sabin never let them on the property. The news
met me up the road, across from the auction and interviewed me.
The press coverage has only just begun. I am working
with a major network
now and it is just a matter of time before we get what we have been
striving for -
Dog auctions are legal, we won't stop them, but everyone
in the Nation should
know where these pet shop puppies come from and soon they will. Thanks
all of you for your continued support. There are a few new advertisers
site that I will be highlighting in the next post I make. Please visit
and thank them for their support of
Also, please take the time to email the Missouri TV
station that ran the Sabin
story. They are KOLR (CBS affiliate) in Springfield, MO. Their EMAIL is:
The new auction information is up at:
Source: Kelly Cruzan <[email protected]>
[Editor's Note: It's a real quandary for those in animal
rescue to know
whether to pay money at puppy mill auctions in order to rescue the dogs.
Doing so puts money in the breeders pockets and keeps them in business.
Not doing so condemns the dogs in their "care" to further horrors.
one dog so the puppy mill breeder can get another to abuse is not going
stop the problem any more than buying puppies from a pet shop in order
"rescue" them. The only thing that WILL stop the problem is preventing
puppy millers from making a profit. Don't let puppy millers use your
to keep abusing dogs. And spread the word.]
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