A breeder of champion Papillon show dogs in Oklahoma has decided to retire, but her plans for her dogs has some in the dog-lover community crying foul. Sharon Hazelbaker has contracted with an auction house to sell some 40 dogs to the highest bidder. According to auctioneer Hank Grosenbacher, the show-quality dogs could fetch between $1,000 to $5,000.
So what’s the problem? Two Papillon rescue groups have expressed concern that the dogs will end up in puppy mills, subject to horrible conditions and overbreeding:
“The (puppy) millers will spend that kind of money to get these dogs,” she said. “I know they will be there waiting for us. They want to get us into a bidding frenzy.” . . .
“No dogs belong in a puppy mill, but these dogs are especially fragile. To go from a kennel environment to a mill environment is atrocious. I’ve seen some things at dog auctions that are enough to make you cry.”
For her part, Hazelbaker thinks that this is much ado about nothing, and that only serious show-dog breeders will buy the dogs, as a way to improve their own bloodlines.
What do you think?