Humane Society takes aim at dog auctions

The Kansas City Star reports on the growing campaign against dog auctions in Missouri, the state that has the most of them.

The wire fox terrier trembled as she stood at the front of the room.

A woman steadied the dog, stood the animal on her hind legs and awkwardly showed the dog’s belly to the crowd. The dog was pregnant, due at any moment, and wore a collar that identified her as No. 145.

“This dog is going to have pups right away,” the auctioneer said. “Ain’t nothin’ but money in the bank.”