Ad for puppy auction to benefit school causes controversy, gets canceled



GREENSBURG, Pa. - Viewers contacted Target 11 after seeing an ad for a puppy auction.  The dog was going to be raffled off as part of a fundraiser for Greensburg Central Catholic.

People were concerned that because there was no guarantee the animal would go to a good home.

“The irresponsibility of it because they don’t know what kind of home that puppy is going to go to or if it’s going to be taken care of,” said Dana Milliron.

Channel 11 learned that auctioning a dog or other pet is illegal in Pennsylvania unless certain conditions are met.  Channel 11 emailed the diocese about it.

“As soon as we learned about the legal issues, we decided there would be no dog auction,” a spokesperson told reporter Joe Holden.

The diocese said the school’s intentions were good, and concerned animal lovers were happy there wouldn’t be an auction.

“I hope this brings attention to people doing other fundraisers that this isn’t something they should do,” said Milliron.

The auction was going to be a part of an annual gala that benefits Greensburg Central Catholic.