So, hopefully you’ve read Parts 1 and 2 about Herman and Bonnie Schindler, owners of the puppy mill that is closing and auctioning off its dogs starting tomorrow -YES TOMORROW! The details about the auction are here. Close to 700 dogs are for sale (this number does not include puppies). If you live nearby MO and want to make a small difference, please peacefully protest this auction (not the auction company – this is NOT about SWKennel Auctions – this is about a puppy mill that has been in business far too long and has treated its dogs deplorably) OR go and adopt one of these dogs if you are considering a new addition to the family.
I am sure some will be taken aback by my suggestion of adoption. However, if it comes to you buying a dog at a pet store or you buying a dog from a dog auction I would much rather see a dog taken out of the life of constant breeding and possible maltreatment rather than the money go right back into the pocket of the pet store and puppy mill owners, which will only allow them to continue the puppy mill cycle. And if you are thinking about adopting one of the dogs, please get in touch with the people rescuing them; given the number for sale, there will certainly be one available and in need of a good, loving home. You may also contact us for information.
Two things stick out from the auction list: (1) Bonnie Schindler’s statement, in which she takes on the guise of a kindly, sickly old woman who’s moving on because of her and her husband’s illnesses; and (2) the concurring statement of Dr. Sue Sculley, DVM, who indicates that she has worked with the Schindlers since 1995 and vouches for the good condition of the animals (given the USDA reports, she must be blind).
Recently, the FOX affiliate in St. Louis did a story on the Schindlers, following up on the findings in the USDA documentation. The reporter went to the Schindlers facility in Mexico, MO and to the store in St. Peters, MO where the Schindlers dogs were being sold. This video makes clear than neither Herman nor Bonnie are in all that bad of shape or that they’re all that kindly. Herman Schindler actually takes his vehicle and rams into the cameraman with Bonnie declaring they get off their property (even though they are on a county road).
It also provides an inkling into how profitable this enterprise was for the Schindlers, who leased inexpensive store fronts and cut out the middlemen and retailers. Happily, in a follow-up report done by Chris Hayes, the owner of the strip mall in St. Peters will no longer lease space to the Schindlers, once he learned the true story behind Herman and Bonnie’s grandparently facade. Hats off to the strip mall owner!